BP Solar Expands Spanish PV Manufacturing

Thanks in part to Spain’s production-based incentives for solar photovoltaic (PV) power and the general health of the European solar market, BP Solar is planning two large expansions to their manufacturing facilities in Spain that will total an additional 45 MW of yearly module output.

The two facilities are located in Tres Cantos and San Sebastian de los Reyes near Madrid. The company plans to invest approximately Euro 28 million (USD$ 34 million) in the projects, enabling it to better meet the growing demand for PV systems in Spain, Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The extension to the BP Solar plant in Tres Cantos will be the addition of a 20 MW manufacturing line for PV solar cells. This expansion, which began in the first quarter of this year, will take around 18 months to complete and involves an investment of approximately Euro 24 million (USD $29 million). Once commissioned, the total output from Tres Cantos will be increased from currently 30 MW to around 50 MW of total PV solar cells. The new solar cell manufacturing line will use BP’s new “Screen Print” technology. The project will also include adding additional services infrastructure to accommodate another 20 MW of capacity. The expansion plans announced also involve the module assembly plant at San Sebastian de Los Reyes. This manufacturing facility which assembles solar cells into panels currently has a capacity of 25 MW per year which will now increase to 50 MW. This will involve an investment of Euro 4 million (USD $5 million) and the project is due to be completed during the first quarter of 2006. The assembly plant at San Sebastian de los Reyes will be highly automated and include the latest ‘touch-less’ soldering techniques. “These new lines represent another step forward in the development of the photovoltaic market in Europe, led by Germany with around 300 MW installed in 2004 and Spain which is forecast to at least double in size in 2005” said Charles Postles, BP Solar’s European Regional Director.
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