Silicon Valley Solar and GSS to Manufacture PV Modules in Germany

Silicon Valley Solar (SV Solar) finalized an agreement with GSS (Gebaude-Solarsysteme GmbH) to speed the introduction of GSS’s Sol-X2 internal flat-plate concentrator solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

“[GSS is] an integral part of the German solar industry, having won numerous awards and provided innovative solutions for companies such as Conergy AG, Q-Cells AG and Shell Solar GmbH,” said Patrick Callinan, CEO of SV Solar. GSS Certifications include IEC 61215 compliance issued by the German Technical Control Board, DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 (quality management), successful validation to DIN EN 14001 (environmental management) and EMAS II (equivalent to EC Regulation 761/2001). While Sol-X modules are compatible with standard flat plate modules, modifications are required to use a standard PV manufacturing line. This agreement includes an extensive joint development component whereby the SV Solar engineering team will be collaborating with the team at GSS to adapt the equipment and process to the Sol-X design. GSS has the capacity to produce nearly 100,000 modules per year (16MWp). Production samples from the new venture are anticipated to ship in late Q1 of this year, with volume ramping up in the latter half of 2007.

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