Ontario, Canada, will be home to Silfab’s newest PV module production site. Ramp-up of the 120MW capacity site, capable of producing around 500,000 PV modules, will be conducted in two stages, with the first 60MW to be completed by the second quarter of 2011 and the second 60MW the following year. The plant’s location has yet to be determined, but will be controlled by Silfab International.
The new plant will manufacture high-efficiency PV modules with monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon cells, yielding power outputs of up to 300Wp. The modules can be used for both rooftop and ground-mounted applications. While Ontario will be the main market focus of the facility, modules will be shipped across the U.S. as well.
“With this new venture we aim at effectively meeting the growing Canadian and, more generally, North American demand for renewable energy products” commented Franco Traverso, president and CEO of Silfab. “The extensive experience in photovoltaic technologies gained by our founders and business partners over the past three decades enables us to undertake such an important project with confidence and optimism. For Silfab, this is an invaluable opportunity to further enhance our supply chain already set up to provide Silfab with the full range of raw materials and technologies, from ingots and wafers to solar cells for the production of high-efficiency PV modules”.
Installation of the first production line is planned for completion by the end of summer, while manufacturing operations will commence between the end of this year and the beginning of the next.