Swiss Solar’s new production facilities in Europe. The key to new markets
Swiss Solar continues working on a plant for bifacial modules. 2021, the company plans to launch three production lines with a total capacity of up to 1.5 GW per year and to implement product certification.
This decision was made due to an acute shortage of products. Even while doubling the production volume (as compared to 2020) and crossing the 1 GW of total annual capacity, it was not possible to meet the needs of regular customers.
The growing demand and the favorable forecasts for the markets of Europe, North and South America were the main factors that influenced the choice of the location – the European part of Turkey.
Convenient transportation and logistics infrastructure of the region, providing both sea and land delivery, made the choice unambiguous.
The first phase of the project involves the preparation of the production area, purchase, installation and adjustment of equipment to ensure the operation of three lines for the production of modules with a nominal capacity of 450 Wp, 500 Wp and 545 Wp. The facility will be equipped with the most modern equipment. Swiss Solar is already negotiating with the world’s leading manufacturers, whose names will be disclosed after the supply contract is signed
Each subsequent stage involves a gradual increase in production capacity with simultaneous adjustment of the project in accordance with the identified deficiencies and changing product requirements over time.
By 2027, ten production lines with a capacity of up to 500 MW each are scheduled to be put into operation, which will allow the company to reach a level of at least 5 GW of total annual capacity. In addition, the production of modules with a capacity of 590 Wp will be set up. The new company will focus on bifacial modules in all major segments of the PV market. The main promotion efforts in Europe and North America are planned to be focused on the residential segment, and in South America – on commercial, and utility.
The high standards stated by the company with regard to the guarantees provided (up to 25 years) imply testing and certification of the entire product range. The implementation of the current control of the parameters of the output products, which will be carried out directly on the production site, implies international certification. After commissioning of the first production lines, the certification of the enterprise for compliance with standards will be initiated:
- ISO 14001-2015;
- ISO 9001-2015;
- ISO 45001-2018.
It is planned to involve well-known international companies:
- TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH;
- UL (US);
- TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc;
- TSE Certification Center (Turkey);
- ANCE – Asociación de Normalización y Certificación, A.C. (Mexico);
- InMetro (Brasil).
The successful progress of the project already allows Swiss Solar to conclude that the new plant and its innovative products will not only enable the company to meet the needs of its regular customers, but will also open new markets.