Conergy expands PV production capacities

The German company has said its subsidiary, Mounting Systems, will open its own 100 megawatt, €5 million production site for solar mounting systems in Sacramento, California this month. According to the company, engineering staff are currently installing the production machinery in the halls, which reportedly boast a floor area of around 5,000 square meters, and running initial production tests.

The factory is expected to go live within the next few days.

Conergy’s CSO Andreas Wilsdorf explains: "The U.S. solar market is expected to more than double by 2012. Our new factory will help us to grow further in this market. In Sacramento, we will be able to multiply our production capacities within a short time in order to satisfy the growing demand in the entire region. At the same time, our factory will shorten our way to the customer, as we will directly supply the mounting systems produced there to the U.S. market. In this way, we will reduce shipping times and transportation costs."

Outsourcing

Conergy adds that it is looking to expand its solar module capacities this year. In 2010, the company says it produced its modules at close to full load at its 250 MW factory in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

However, to accommodate growing demand, particularly from other countries, Conergy has said it will outsource its module production to a "renowned", unnamed European contract manufacturing partner.

The company says it has already secured the exclusive use of a line on which specialists will produce Conergy’s premium modules according to the company’s requirements and design specifications. Conergy engineering teams will also reportedly serve on site.

"With this step, we are transferring the expertise we gained in Frankfurt (Oder) to new module lines – and securing additional capacities with exactly the same quality. In this way, we will be able to serve our core markets even more efficiently and react to market fluctuations in a more flexible manner – without tying up large amounts of capital in new module production facilities. This approach also leaves us with sufficient capacity for new markets that still need to be developed. We are thus creating value from the region, for the region – and even more proximity to our customers," comments Andreas Wilsdorf.