Suniva expands PV fab to better integrate research and production

Suniva Inc. is expanding its Norcross, GA headquarters’ high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cell module research and assembly.

July 12, 2011 – BUSINESS WIRE — Suniva Inc., high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cell and module manufacturer, is expanding its Norcross, GA headquarters’ photovoltaic (PV) module research and assembly. Suniva will be able to produce 25-30MW modules/year when the expansion is completed in September. Suniva currently manufactures 170kW of high-efficiency ARTisun Select series photovoltaic cells per year at the facility.

Suniva uses the site for research on alternate materials and methods to optimize solar module power and reliability. The company can incorporate cell designs and prototypes into full-size production modules or smaller test coupons, which can be extensively stressed in sealed thermal cycling and climate chambers on-site, or tested outside on portable stands or in a PV array.

Suniva’s modules contain more than 80% US content, said Greg Mihalik, vice president of manufacturing and operations for Suniva. The products comply with Buy America provisions. Its next-generation Optimus modules are certified at more than 16% efficiency at the module level.

Suniva manufactures high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells and high-power solar modules using patented low-cost techniques. For more information about Suniva and its products, please visit www.suniva.com.

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