Producing both standard and customized thin film solar modules, the factory will have an initial capacity of around 20 megawatts (MW); the company said this can be expanded to 30 MW by installing two additional production lines.
One hundred and eleven employees currently work in the facility, however the company is looking to boost this number to 150 by the end of the year.
Odersun had already started ramping-up the production at its SunTwo facility, when it achieved the IEC 61646 certification in January this year. Based on Odersuns proprietary CISCuT-technology both standard as well as customized thin film solar modules are produced in volume at the facility.
At the opening ceremony, Economics Minister of the State of Brandenburg Ralf Christoffers received a new type of solar module as an example for the possibilities of individual solar design.
The new factory in Fürstenwalde is another highlight in Brandenburgs solar landscape. The Odersun factory is well positioned in the German Capital region. Forty percent of all solar modules produced in Germany today come from Berlin-Brandenburg. The region is well recognized in the solar industry and so it should stay, said Minister President of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck.?
Economics Minister of Brandenburg Ralf Christoffers added: The Energy Strategy 2020 of the State of Brandenburg defines the increase of the overall share of renewable energies in primary energy consumption to 20 percent until the year 2020. In view of the climate change and energy policy perspectives this target is mandatory. With a share of currently 16 percent, this target is already in sight. Odersun contributes to the State of Brandenburg which is amongst the top with respect to the use and production of renewable energies.
Odersun has invested close to 50 million Euros for concept, planning, construction and equipment of the solar factory SunTwo. The facilities are situated on former army grounds.