Roseville, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] SCHOTT Solar announced plans to build a new photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility that will increase its U.S. PV production by more than 60 megawatts (MW). The company is currently evaluating locations for the new facility, which is scheduled to go online in 2009.
In addition to producing solar PV modules, the new facility will be designed to produce receivers for concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. This will provide SCHOTT with the ability to begin producing solar receivers at the facility if the market develops as the company anticipates.
Anticipating future production increases of its solar power technologies, the new site will be built to support later expansion of both SCHOTT’s PV and its solar receiver lines as the U.S. renewable energy market continues to grow.
The new site will compliment SCHOTT Solar’s existing Billerica, Massachusetts facility, which has a capacity of 15 MW and produces the SCHOTT ASE-300 Watt PV module.
Recently, SCHOTT Solar announced a new joint venture with WACKER Chemie, a globally positioned chemical company headquartered in Munich, Germany, to produce multicrystalline silicon ingots and wafers. This partnership provides SCHOTT Solar with a reliable supply of polysilicon, for its tremendous planned growth.
The company has already established one solar receiver production facility currently online in Mitterteich, Germany, and another facility under construction in Seville, Spain, scheduled to go online in March, 2008.
“The recent opening of the 64 MW Nevada Solar One solar thermal power plant demonstrates that large-scale solar thermal power is a renewable energy technology whose time has come,” said Dr. Gerrit Sames, Vice President Solar Thermal for SCHOTT. “We expect that the reliability and cost-effectiveness of parabolic trough solar thermal power plants, along with the Southwestern United States’ vast solar resources, will help make solar thermal power one of the United States’ leading sources of renewable energy by 2025.”