ASP To Manufacture Thin-film and Mono-Crystalline Solar Modules

Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP) has increased the number of products that it plans to offer from its previously announced SolarFab project in Lake Mary, Florida. Products will now include not only thin film, but also mono-crystalline solar photovoltaic modules.

“Originally, our SolarFab production plant would only manufacture thin film modules, up to 40MW. However, due to high response for our panels, Advanced Solar Photonics will not only be producing thin film, but also mono-crystalline panels,” said Maureen McHale, corporate marketing and public relations manager for ASP. “This new silicon line would initially be 25MW, ramping up to 50MW in a fairly short span of time.”

Having secured a 318,000 square foot facility within the last year, ASP is in the assembly stage on the two lines. Clean rooms are in place, equipment is starting to arrive and a pilot line will be up and running within the next few weeks. The first mono-crystalline panels are slated to be available in July 2009. Full thin film production is scheduled to ramp up by late 2010. The plant will also create a number of permanent jobs in the region.

“Adding another dimension to the manufacturing plant not only allows us to meet customer demands, it also increases job creation for the Central Florida area. Up from projecting approximately 200 green jobs, we now estimate SolarFab will employ 500 people,” McHale said.

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