Silfab Solar today announced it is expanding its facility and increasing production at its North American photovoltaic solar module manufacturing plant.
The current plant expansion, which will bring annual production to more than 300 megawatts (MW), is necessary to meet strong demand from its North American partners. The expansion, which includes an upgrade of existing equipment to manufacture five-busbar modules, now places Silfab among the top four PV solar production facilities in North America. The plant expansion will be completed in the third quarter of 2015 and already has added 30 new clean-tech jobs.
Silfab Solar helped pioneer smart module technology, glass-on-glass solutions, and bifacial modules. The North American manufacturing process is one of the most automated in the world, and combines Silfab’s decades-long history in the PV market with technology and production techniques borrowed from the most advanced assembly systems in the world.
“Our expansion enables Silfab to meet growing U.S. customer demands in a solar market seeking more locally-made modules,” said Geoffrey Atkins, head of business development. “Silfab has and will continue to secure long-term, strategic customers who seek a local supplier that can deliver modules with maximum module efficient and power density.”
Silfab Solar opened its North American manufacturing plant in 2011 with a 90-MW annual capacity. Within three years, capacity increased to 144 MW, then 180 MW.