Mochau, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Signet Solar, a global manufacturer of thin film silicon photovoltaic (PV) modules, announced the production and shipment of the first megawatt (MW) of panels from its manufacturing facility in Mochau, Germany.
The shipment comes only a month after Signet became the first licensee of Applied Materials’ (AMAT) SunFab production line to start high volume manufacturing ramp of the large-area thin film modules. Initial customer shipments are being delivered to Hannover-based alfasolar Vertriebsgesellschaft GmbH.
“Alfasolar is committed to developing renewable energy projects. Signet Solar provided us large-area panels at a price that further drives down the cost of solar energy for our customers. Set for operation in December 2008, this project is a great step forward in Western Pomerania’s adoption of renewable energy,” said Martin Denz, CEO of alfasolar Vertriebsgesellschaft GmbH.
In addition to alfasolar, Signet customers include photovoltaic system integrators such as Phönix Solar AG, Soleg GmbH, Goldbeck Solar GmbH and SolarMarkt AG. Signet’s facility is now qualified for full production capacity of 20 MW of panels per year. In order to meet existing customer commitments of more than US $400 million, Signet has plans to expand its installed production capacity up to 130 MW by the end of 2009.
RenewableEnergyWorld.com’s Stephen Lacey talked with Dr. Keshav Prasad, vice president of business development for Signet Solar about the SunFab line and the company’s growth plans at Solar Power International in October.