It said that the new plant will increase annual production capacities by around five times the company’s previous level, from 20 MWp to 120 MWp. Over 200 people will find highly qualified work in the new plant, stated Hartmut Fischer, CEO of Avancis, in a speech. These modules will make it possible to omit roof-shingles while still providing rain-tight roofs. They will be suitable for assembly in facades, but also on the existing roofs of private and commercial buildings, and in ground-mounted power plants.
The company celebrated the progress of the construction work, which began in June, in the presence of politicians and guests. Among them were member of the German parliament for the constituency of Nordsachsen, Mr. Manfred Kolbe, and Saxonys State Minister for Environment and Agriculture, Mr. Frank Kupfer. As part of the ceremony for laying the foundation stone, the politicians congratulated the building owners on their project and highlighted the importance of the new building for the region.
Renewable energies in the Free State of Saxony currently account for 14.2 percent of the total energy mix. This should be increased to 24 percent by 2020, commented Kupfer during his welcome speech to the guests. He also emphasized that in Saxony, there is an installed base of 287 MW of photovoltaics power and the planned expansion figures from Avancis (100 MW per annum) "make it clear" how important the project is for the solar power location of Saxony.
Avancis commissioned its first plant in Torgau in October 2008 and employs 150 people at the site. A further 50-strong team in the fields of research and development and plant planning is also based in Munich. The new building will be constructed adjacent to the existing plant.