Signet Solar has produced and shipped its first MW of panels from its Mochau, Germany manufacturing facility only one month after it became the first licensee of Applied Material’s SunFab thin-film modules. The first shipments are being sent to Hannover-based alfsolar Vertriebsgesellschaft GmbH. Other Signet customers include Phoenix Solar AG, Soleg GmbH, Goldbeck Solar GmbH and SolarMarkt AG.
“Alfasolar is committed to developing renewable energy projects. Signet Solar provided us large-area panels at a price that further drives down the cost of solar energy for our customers. Set for operation in December 2008, this project is a great step forward in Western Pomerania’s adoption of renewable energy,” said Martin Denz, CEO of alfasolar Vertriebsgesellschaft GmbH.
The company’s Mochau facility is eligible for full production capacity of 20MW per year and in order to meet its customer commitments of over $400 million, Signet want to expand its installed production capacity to 130MW by the end of 2009. Since the company started volume production it has produced more than 11,000 modules with an efficiency of over 6.25%.
Signet’s large format modules are can be utilized in solar farms, large commercial installations, BIPV and remote habitation.