CW Enerji to build 420 MW module factory in Turkey

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Turkey-based CW Enerji has revealed plans for a 420 MW solar panel manufacturing facility in the industrial area of Antalya Organize Sanayi Bölgesi, near Antalya, in southern Turkey.

The company said it will initially invest around TRL125 million ($26.6 million) in the project, and that at a later stage capacity may reach 1 GW. At the first stage, annual production capacity will be around 120 MW.

According to the CW Enerji website, the company produces PV panels and inverters as well as solar energy irrigation systems, LED lighting, solar powered camera systems and electric vehicle charging stations. Enerji is also active in project development in the commercial and industrial and large-scale markets.

Company CEO, Tarık Sarvan, said construction of the new factory was due to increasing demand outside Turkey for solar panels.

When built, CW Enerji’s manufacturing facility would become the third module factory in Turkey, and the first owned by a domestic business, following China Sunergy’s 300 MW unit and a 600 MW cell and module factory commissioned by Chinese group HT-SAAE at the start of 2017.

There are plans for another two factories in Turkey, with one under development by Korea-based Hanwha Q Cells and expected to be completed in November, and domestic renewable energy project developer Eko Yenilenebilir Enerjiler A.S. (EkoRE) planning to build a 1 GW module factory in Niğde, in Central Anatolia.