Spire has delivered a turnkey photovoltaic module assembly line to Sova Power, located in Durgapur, West Bengal, India. The semiautomated crystalline-silicon module manufacturing line can produce up to 12MW of PV panels annually and can be expanded as needed in the future.
The line will integrate Spire’s key interconnect, lamination, and testing equipment, along with intermediate tooling stations. The Bedford, MA-based company said it will supply the process technology and training to operate the factory, as well as assistance in qualifying the factory’s modules to international standards and certification.
“This order demonstrates how India is becoming a major player in the solar industry and continuously strives to be the leader,” said Roger Little, chairman/CEO of Spire. “Spire’s ability to deliver a complete solar factory, as well as the training needed to succeed in the solar market, enables companies with limited exposure to the industry to efficiently add solar module manufacturing to their business portfolio.”
“The solar market is expanding rapidly in India and Spire offers the quickest, most efficient path to joining the industry,” said Sajal Das, Sova’s CEO. “We are confident that Spire’s industry expertise and superior manufacturing equipment position us for success as we integrate solar manufacturing into our existing business.”