Thalheim, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] EverQ, a manufacturer of Evergreen Solar-branded solar panels, opened its second factory June 19 in Thalheim, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The new 60-megawatt (MW) facility began operations one year after the opening of the first EverQ production plant at the same location.
The expansion increases the joint venture’s manufacturing capacity of 30 MW by another 60 MW. The public authorities—the Federal Republic of Germany, the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt and the EU—contributed of the EverQ‘s investment costs. Previously, the German state of Saxony-Anhalt provided funding for construction, infrastructure and personnel costs.
“The opening of EverQ 2 keeps us on schedule with our joint venture’s aggressive expansion plan to increase production to 300 megawatts by 2010,” said Rick Feldt, President and CEO of Evergreen Solar.
“EverQ has already achieved our common goal to manufacture high-quality products,” said Erik Thorsen, CEO of Renewable Energy Corporation ASA. “Our focus now is on harnessing our manufacturing efficiency and abundant supply of polysilicon to increase production rapidly. Ultimately, our growth and continued focus on cost aim to make solar power competitive with retail electricity pricing.”