Emmvee wins leading solar manufacturer award at REI

Emmvee PV Power has won the Renewable Energy India (REI) expo award for leading renewable energy manufacturer in the category of solar for 2016.

The Indian-based firm, which was one of the pioneers in India’s power project business, beat off strong competition in the solar field to secure the gong, which was displayed prominently at its booth on day one of the REI show.

Emmvee has been slowly building its manufacturing presence in its native land, and has leant on European expertise for its production base. In December the company placed a large order with M10 Industries for two if its Kubus stringer systems capable of producing a combined 300 MW of module production annually.

The developer followed up that supply deal with an order in January for Bürkle’s PV module lamination equipment with a capacity of 350 MW, which enables higher throughput on limited floor space – something that has been a challenge for Emmvee and other manufacturers producing in India.

Day one of the REI show has seen large crowds gathering across the busy halls, which are dotted with a large presence from leading Chinese module and inverter suppliers in particular.

A recent report by Mercom found that Chinese modules being shipped into India at record-low prices are boosting solar deployment, if not solar manufacturing.

In the inverter space, Switzerland’s ABB has noted the incoming Chinese suppliers, but a spokesperson at the REI show told pv magazine that it is confident that the company’s approach to local manufacturing will win the day.

“Chinese players are now expected in all sectors and all markets, so this is unsurprising,” they said. “ABB’s local manufacturing capacity, which includes the recently commissioned fab in Bengaluru, sets us in good stead, as does our approach of partnering with local firms.”

A spokesperson for Adani Solar, part of Adani Group, also told pv magazine that the influx of Chinese suppliers is largely welcome, and gives food for thought for the government as it discusses new policies on domestic content requirements.

“My feeling is that the government will seek to continue to strike a balance between protecting local manufacturers and attracting foreign investment,” the spokesperson said. “It is an endless discussion, but as we have seen recently with announcements from Trina and Longi (via its subsidiary Lerri Solar), Chinese firms are also looking to open up large manufacturing facilities in India.”

The spokesperson confirmed that plans for the construction of Adani’s new 1.2 GW cell and module fab are on track, with module production due to begin in November and cell production scheduled to start in December. By March, phase I should be fully up and running.