Schmid to supply 200 MW of manufacturing equipment to Russian Federation

Schmid has announced its second major equipment supply deal in as many weeks, the latest being for 200 MW of solar cell and module manufacturing lines in Russia. The capacity will be installed in two phases with production scheduled to commence in Q2 2016.

The specific Schmid technology to be supplied to Solar Systems has not been revealed by the company. The output from the fab is earmarked to supply the emerging Russian PV sector alongside exports.

Solar Systems will operate the facility. The company was established by Chinese shareholder Amur-Sirius in 2014. Solar Systems participated successfully in the first CSA tender for 175 MW of PV power plants, which was held in May and June 2014. Subsequent CSA tenders are scheduled for 2015 and 2016.

Schmid President and CEO Christian Schmid said that the deal represents a milestone for the company.

“Solar Systems has a leading position in Russia’s emerging PV market and we are proud to be the technology partner of Solar Systems,” said Christian Schmid in a statement. “As a result of our partnership with Pekintas we are able to support our customers with reliable and inclusive integrated manufacturing solutions, enabling highly competitive local manufacturing.”

Schmid and Turkey’s Pekintas Group first collaborated in 2012. Pekintas Group President and CEO Özhan Olcay said that the agreement is a “perfect example of multinational understanding and cooperation.”

“We believe this project will be setting new standards in turnkey integration and will put Solar Systems into an undisputed leadership in quality and efficiency in Russia,” said Olcay.

The Alabuga Special Economic Zone is 210km away from the city of Kazan in the Russian Federation Republic of Tatarstan. Production equipment can be imported into the Alabuga SEZ without the payment of import duties or VAT. A range of industries have already been established in the Alabuga SEZ including in the automotive, chemical and fiberglass production sectors.