India’s Topaz Progress on Bifacial Module Fab

India’s Topaz Solar Signs Agreement With France’s Apollon Solar To Set Up 500 MW Of Bifacial And Monofacial Module Production For First Phase Of 1.2 GW Factory
01:02 AM (Beijing Time) - 17. March 2018

The agreement for a module factory in India between Topaz Solar & Apollon Solar from France was signed during French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent state visit to India (Photo Credit: Press Information Bureau)

Key Takeaways

  • Topaz Solar signs deal with France’s Apollon Solar during state visit by French president
  • Plans call for 100 MW bifacial and 400 MW monofacial module manufacturing lines in Indian state of Odisha
  • This is first phase for a 1.2 GW plant announced last August
  • Second phase contingent of success of first phase
  • Several other agreements signed between French and Indian solar companies during France/India conference

India’s Topaz Solar Private Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with France’s Apollon Solar SAS to set up 500 MW of bifacial and monofacial module manufacturing lines. The agreement was finalized during French President Emmanuel Macron’s March 10 state visit to India where he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met at the International Solar Alliance Conference (ISA) (see Big Announcements At ISA Conference).

The MoU is part of the first phase of a plan Topaz announced last August to build a 1.2 GW manufacturing factory in the east coast state of Odisha. Topaz will set up 100 MW of bifacial and 400 MW of monofacial module lines. According to a Topaz press release, the factory will be the “first of its kind” to produce bifacial modules in India. However, Indian cell/module manufacturer Adani offers bifacial panels as well.

Apollon, which does not yet have a working website, says it will provide the “technical knowhow” for the complete turnkey machinery for a bifacial solar module manufacturing plant. Apollon will also act as a distributor for Topaz modules in Europe.

Topaz Solar, which plans to use German and Chinese technology for the lines, says that construction for the remaining 700 MW of the planned 1.2 GW capacity plant will be contingent on the success of the first phase.

Several other solar contracts were signed between both France & India at the conference:

  • India’s Vikram Solar signed an agreement with France’s Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) for advanced research on crystalline silicon cells, modules and systems.
  • French company Ciel & Terre will construct a 28 MW floating solar power plant in Tamil Nadu.
  • French integrator EDF Energies Nouvelles has renewed a contract with India’s Bharat Light & Power on data acquisition to optimize wind and solar production.  


Anu Bhambhani

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