The new product shall be manufactured at the company’s North American flagship solar manufacturing facility, currently under construction in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It will be sold under the brand-name SCHOTT Solar Poly 225 and will complement the 310 watt module currently manufactured at SCHOTT Solar’s Billerica, Massachusetts facility.
The SCHOTT Solar Poly 225 combines SCHOTT Solar’s latest innovations to deliver reliable, high-performance output over the life of the module. All SCHOTT Solar’s modules are subject to quality control requirements that exceed industry standard test criteria.
“The introduction of a 225 watt module to the North American market enables us to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse marketplace,” said Mac Moore, SCHOTT Solar Inc.’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “A module of this size is ideal for a wide range of commercial and residential applications.”
The decision to manufacture a 225 watt PV module in the U.S. is a result of direct feedback from customers and market analysis. The SCHOTT Solar Poly 225 will complement SCHOTT Solar’s global portfolio of photovoltaics and will combine best practices from SCHOTT Solar’s global manufacturing expertise to deliver an innovative, high-quality, reliable module.
SCHOTT Solar modules have been recognized by independent analysis for their high performance.
“SCHOTT Solar has a rich history of producing innovative PV modules,” explained Mark Finocchario, President and CEO of SCHOTT Solar Inc. “The SCHOTT Solar Poly 225 combines the latest in manufacturing excellence with the innovation and reliability of SCHOTT Solar PV modules.”
The new module shall be manufactured on automated manufacturing lines in Albuquerque and is expected to begin shipping in the spring of 2009. The plant is expected to produce an initial annual output of approximately 70 MW of PV modules. SCHOTT Solar is designing its flagship production facility to accommodate future growth.
The Albuquerque site is being designed to also produce receivers used in Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) utility-scale power plants.
About SCHOTT Solar
SCHOTT Solar’s high quality products exploit the virtually inexhaustible potential of the sun as a renewable source of energy. For this purpose SCHOTT Solar produces important components for photovoltaic applications and solar energy plants with parabolic trough technology. In the photovoltaic industry, the company is one of the few integrated manufacturers of crystalline silicon wafers, cells and modules. Wafer production is mainly carried out through a WACKER SCHOTT Solar joint venture, which ensures the supply of silicon necessary for long-term growth.
Thanks to over 20 years of experience in thin-film technology, SCHOTT Solar also regards itself as one of the industry’s cutting-edge companies. In receiver production for solar power plants with parabolic trough technology, SCHOTT Solar considers itself to be the market and technology leader. The receivers are key components in large-scale power plants that generate electricity from solar energy centrally on the basis of parabolic trough technology and can supply entire cities with power.
SCHOTT Solar has production facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic, the USA and Spain. SCHOTT Solar’s innovative power and technological expertise date back to the late 1950s. The main shareholder of SCHOTT Solar AG is SCHOTT AG, Mainz, Germany. The SCHOTT group develops special materials, components and systems for the household appliance, pharmaceutical, solar energy, electronics, optical and automotive industries. With around 16,700 employees, the SCHOTT Group generated a worldwide turnover of about 2.1 billion euros in fiscal year 2006/2007.