Update: The announcement is now official. Details here.
Hind High Vacuum Company (HHV) of Bangalore, India will build Canada’s first amorphous silicon solar panel manufacturing plant with Solar Source Corp (SSC) of Canada. The two companies had entered into a joint venture agreement for the same in March.
Reports in the media indicate that the city of Windsor, Canada will be the location of the new manufacturing plant for the amorphous silicon solar panel. Samsung was the first company to announce plans and was followed by Schletter of Germany. HHV and SSC JV is now the third manufacturing plant to be established in that region.
Reports indicate that the proposed annual capacity is 120 MW (megawatts), to be established in four phases, with Phase One slated to reach 30 MW of capacity. The plant will make panels for the building – integrated, ground-mount and commercial rooftop markets. Besides the above thin film solar panel making facility, the JV MOU also includes a proposal to build in four phases – a 120 MW crystalline silicon solar panel manufacturing facility in Ontario, to take full advantage of the explosive Ontario renewable energy marketplace. The total investment on the two projects will be around US$240 million with the Canadian Government and its agencies providing initial support of US$30 million.
All the modules manufactured will be compliant with IEC and UL standards for photovoltaic design and safety. HHV indicated that the products will meet a variety of small to high volume requirements, in a wide range of consumer goods and services, across both grid-connected and off-grid applications.