Solar, Utility Scale

TSMC Solar readies CIGS PV fab for 1GW future

TSMC Solar Ltd. has completed equipment move-in at its new copper/indium/gallium/selenide (CIGS) photovoltaics fab in Taichung, Taiwan, marking a milestone on the road to commercial production that will eventually equal 1GW.

October 13, 2011 – PRNewswire — TSMC Solar Ltd. has completed equipment move-in at its new copper/indium/gallium/selenide (CIGS) photovoltaics fab in Taichung, Taiwan, marking a milestone on the road to commercial production.  

The highly automated “S-Fab” occupies 700,000sq.ft. over 6 floors, and is a LEED-certified facility. Fab-S moves raw materials through production to completed CIGS modules. Initial investment totaled $258 million, bringing manufacturing capacity to 100MW in 2012. S-Fab will run at 300MW once Phase 1 is complete. Phase II will add 300MW capacity, along with productivity improvements that will bring total capacity to 1GW by 2015.

TSMC Solar will send the first panels for UL and IEC certification and testing this quarter. Commercial products will start shipping in Q1 2012. California Energy Commission (CEC) listing is slated for mid Q1 2012.

TSMC CIGS panels will be sold for large commercial- and utility-scale projects globally.

TSMC Solar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc., a leading semiconductor foundry. TSMC Solar was founded in August 2009, headquartered in Taichung, Taiwan, and spun out of parent company TSMC in 2011. For more information go to www.tsmc-solar.com.

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