Energyra to build solar module factory in the Netherlands

Dutch solar company Energyra announced it will build a PV module factory in Zaanstad, in the province of North Holland, the Netherlands.

The company said the factory will have an initial annual production capacity of 100 MW and will be able to produce 350,000 panels per year. The facility will manufacture both mono and polycrystalline modules, which are based on technology provided by the Dutch research institute ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands).

The module production equipment will be provided by unnamed companies from the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. The company expects to initially employ between 50 and 60 people. The construction of the factory is expected to require an investment of approximately €21 million. Energyra expects to reach financial close between September and October.

Energyra’s no-busbar polycrystalline 60-cell solar module, named Pandora, is providing an efficiency of over 18.5%, the company said. The module has a power range of 265 W to 285 W and is based on a nanocoated anti-reflective, high transmission glass, patented MWT technology and an aluminium/copper backside barrier.

The 60-cell monocrystalline module produced at the factory, dubbed Medusa, has an efficiency of around 20%, is based on the same technology of the Pandora series, and has a power range of 290 W to 310 W. The company is offering a power output warranty limiting power degradation in year 1 to 2% max and in years 2 to 24 to 0.4% max per annum.

Both modules, the company said, are suitable for rooftop application, as well as for commercial & utility projects. “EU quality/manufactured PV Modules are requested by established distributors and project developers that want to avoid future (reputation) risk and better serve their customers. However, in the EU nowadays, such products are hardly available or not affordable,” the company states on its website.

Energyra is planning to start manufacturing activities at the factory in the first quarter of 2018.