Solarworld starts construction on third Freiberg facility; up to 200 jobs to be created

The company has said the fully automated production facility for crystalline photovoltaic modules, spread across a 26,000 square meter plot of land in the Saxonia Industrial Park, will more than triple annual production capacities at the Freiberg location to 450 megawatts.

“Freiberg production lines will be turning out more than five modules per minute,” said the company. It continued: “Experience from other Solarworld module production facilities worldwide will be injected into this new high-tech production location. According to current planning, some 200 new employees will be added to the headcount by this project.”

The company has also expanded its Solarlog logistics center. Within five months, an extension was built that expanded the center by 2,500 square meters, thus bringing the ground surface area to a total of 13,000 square meters.

“Solarworld is preparing with this expansion for the challenges of a dynamic market and the simultaneously growing Freiberg production. We will noticeably accelerate shipments and improve our service to customers,“ said Frank Asbeck, chairman and CEO of Solarworld.

Following the expansion, ten trucks can be loaded simultaneously at ten loading ramps. Starting in 2011, two million SolarWorld modules per annum will be shipped from Freiberg.

Meanwhile, in other news, chairman and CEO of Solarworld, Frank Asbeck is set to receive an honorary doctorate from the Technical University and Mining Academy of Freiberg for his commitment to photovoltaic research as well as for his contribution to the cultural life of the City of Freiberg.

“Especially the decision to locate the Research and Development activities of Solarworld in Freiberg is of great structural policy importance both for the location and for the university,” said the Senate in its laudation.

Having established the research company Solarworld Innovations GmbH, which currently employs 92 people, Mr. Asbeck underlined the importance of a modern industrial company’s own innovation work. Long years of cooperation between Solarworld and the Technical University of Freiberg have covered many different areas – from joint research projects via the SolarWorld Foundation Fund to the “Photovoltaic” graduate school – and will be continuously expanded in the future.