Solar

German Solar Contract Spurs 25 MW Production Line

SunPower Corp and SOLON AG, Germany’s largest photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, announced a five-year supply agreement for approximately USD $300 million of SunPower’s A-300 silicon solar cells. The arrangement will include the addition of a third 25 MW solar module production line for the SunPower.

The A-300 solar cells will be used in SOLON’s new “SOLON-Mover,” a modular 9- to 10-kW electricity generation system designed for deployment in multi-megawatt PV power plants. Each SOLON Mover is a self-contained unit that is tested and shipped pre-assembled to the project site, including all power conditioning and control functionality. Movers automatically tilt and rotate the PV array during the day to directly face the sun at all times. This feature increases the solar array’s yearly energy generation by as much as 50 percent, depending on location. SunPower will add a third 25 MW production line to its manufacturing facility in the Philippines by early 2006 to meet demand. The new line will bring SunPower’s total solar cell manufacturing capacity to 75 MW per year. “Our goal with the Mover program was to develop a truly industrial PV power system,” said Alex Voigt, SOLON CEO. “This long-term agreement provides SOLON with the supply security and visibility necessary for us to address the rapidly growing market for MW-scale PV power plants.” SOLON was the first solar stock traded on German Stock Exchanges in the year 1998. It is the largest producer of PV modules in Germany with an annual production capacity of more than 90 MW. Its products include its new SOLON-Mover double-axial solar tracking system and a variety of PV modules ranging in power from 120- to 850 watts.