From pv magazine India
New Delhi manufacturer Gautam Solar has started panel production from a new manufacturing line at its Haridwar factory, in the state of Uttarakhand.
The INR200 crore ($27 million) group has more than doubled its annual solar panel manufacturing capacity, from 120 MW to 250 MW, at Haridwar—a boost that makes it the third-largest solar manufacturer in North India.
Speaking to pv magazine, managing director Gautam Mohanka said the bigger capacity at the Haridwar plant has already become operational. The plant is producing mono PERC and polycrystalline solar panels with power outputs of up to 400 W. The company’s move to mono PERC is in line with the global trend.
“The global market at the moment is witnessing some fluctuation in rates, perhaps due to the shortage of raw materials as the supply chains aren’t functioning properly,” said Mohanka. “We are also seeing that the poly panel is being phased out and the mono PERC wafer is becoming more popular and we might see the same trend catch in India as well, in the near future.”
The MD said the company may consider producing 500 W-plus solar modules in future.
Gautam Solar has four factories in Haridwar manufacturing solar panels, batteries, electronics, and other structures. The panel production capacity expansion has been driven by rising demand from solar projects which mandate domestically manufactured components.
“We have been witnessing a steady increase in demand for our solar panels for a while now, hence increasing the manufacturing capacity became vital,” said the Gautam Solar boss. “The same has been executed at our Haridwar facility. If things go according to plan, we will soon increase the production capacities at our other facilities as well. This has been made possible in the wake of the government’s decision to make India a solar manufacturing hub and reduce its dependency on other countries for importing solar equipment. We appreciate this decision and firmly believe that it will help create a powerful, self-subsisting, and aatmanirbhar [self-reliant] Bharat [India].”
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