Spire Corporation has shipped a customized 5 MW SPI-LINE turnkey PV module production line to Huangshan Ho Tin Solar Technology Development Ltd., a new company located in Huangshan City, Anhui, China. The company is a joint venture between Ho Tin Industries Ltd., of Macau and Huangshan Chaoyang New Energy Resources Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. of Huangshan City.Bedford, Massachusetts – April 28, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The US$1.35 million PV module manufacturing equipment and process technology provided by Spire Solar, Inc., Spire’s wholly-owned subsidiary, will enable Huangshan Ho Tin to manufacture PV modules from solar cells at the rate of 5 MW per year. This integrated module assembly line was specifically designed to meet the needs of Huangshan Ho Tin. The modules produced from the line will be used for off-grid rural electrification projects in China and a variety of solar consumer products, some of which Ho Tin Industries is already making. “Solar power usage is increasing rapidly in China and we foresee significant market potential for PV panels in a variety of applications,” said Ho of Ho Tin Industries. “To meet our ambitious expansion plans, we needed proven PV production technology backed by an effective training program. With Spire as our partner, we expect our new factory to be up and running with a minimum of delay.” Spire Solar offers SPI-LINE turnkey production lines for module, cell and wafer manufacturing at production capacities ranging from a few hundred kW up to 25 MW per year. Spire Solar also offers a series of specialty SPI-LINE production lines for manufacturers having requirements with specific technology or production, including mono-crystalline, poly-crystalline and ribbon crystalline solar cells. Every SPI-LINE production line includes the equipment, training and process technology necessary to establish a successful module manufacturing operation. As a provider of solar electric systems for distributed power generation through its affiliate, Spire Solar Chicago, Spire Solar offers the capability of equipment supplier combined with proven manufacturing process experience. Ho Tin Industries Ltd. is a diversified manufacturing company with facilities in Macau and China that makes a wide variety of solar lights, small home appliances, toys and electronic products.