Alzenau, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Solar module production facilities owned by SCHOTT Solar in Valasske Mezirici, Czech Republic, have been expanded to meet growing demand. The factory has officially opened new production lines following a EUR 50 million [US $78 million] expansion program launched by SCHOTT in July 2007.
By the end of the year, SCHOTT expects the annual production capacity to more than quadruple to 200 megawatts (MW) as the 20,000 square meter plant manufactures solar modules for the entire European market. Completion of the second construction phase is expected by the end of 2008 and the number of employees at the facility will increase by about 400.
“In the future, Valasske Mezirici will play a greater role than ever in our strategy to cover the entire value-added chain of producing wafers,” said Dr.-Ing. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of Schott.