Heckert Solar, a Chemnitz, Saxony based solar module maker with a capacity of 400 MW has now announced its group firm SolarWelt will be launching a new 400 MW module factory also in Germany - in Langenwetzendorf in the state of Thuringia. (Photo Credit: Heckert Solar GmbH)
- SolarWelt has announced a new solar module factory in Germany with German or European equipment
- In first phase of expansion it will produce 400 MW annually from Langenwetzendorf located fab
- Monocrystalline half-cell modules with 9 bus bars and 166 mm wafers will start rolling out from the facility beginning Q1/2021
SolarWelt GmbH has announced plans to start rolling out solar modules with an initial annual production capacity of 400 MW in Langenwetzendorf in the country’s Thuringia region in what it says would be a major boost to Made in Germany solar modules.
Production will begin in a 24,000 m² hall acquired to commence operations in 4-shift operation in Q1/2021. This capacity would be the first stage of expansion, however, SolarWelt didn’t specify what its future expansion plans would be for this facility.
It plans to produce monocrystalline half-cell modules with 9 bus bars and 166 mm wafers with a minimum output of 370 W. To ensure absolute local production, the management explains they went in for German or European equipment when selecting the machines, but did not reveal the suppliers. Managing Director Xaver Trinkerl said, “We want to use our money to feed the supply industry in Europe intact.”
Adding that this decision to produce modules in Germany as a ‘clear commitment to Germany as a production location’ after longstanding partners and customers gave ‘positive response’, Trinkerl added that it would lead to job creation in Germany.
SolarWelt will distribute the modules through solar module maker Heckert Solar GmbH based out of Chemnitz, which operates a production plant of 400 MW capacity. Both companies belong to the same business group.
This announcement comes at a time, solar sector association SolarPower Europe and others strongly call for European solar manufacturing. Among others, it is about reducing the region’s dependence on solar imports, something that has been increasingly discussed for many sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic that massively disrupted global supply chains.
The name SolarWelt is very close to former German solar poster child SolarWorld – “Welt” is the German word for “World.”