Integrated Photovoltaic Factory in Argentina
M+W Group has won a large contract to plan and construct an integrated 70-megawatt photovoltaic production factory in Argentina. The Schmid Group (Freudenstadt/Germany) as general contractor and M+W Group bid jointly for the contract. M+W Group is responsible for planning and construction, installation and project management.
The facility with a surface area of 13,000 sqm is being set up in the state capital of San Juan and will enable integrated production from monocrystalline silicon-ingots to PV modules from mid-2015. In a second stage, the plan is to include upstream polysilicon manufacture. The state energy supplier of the province of San Juan, Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estrado (EPSE) is awarding the contract. “We are making an important contribution to increasing the proportion of the energy mix of EPSE generated by solar power. Annual solar radiation of over 2,300 kWh per square meter offers the best conditions for this,” M+W Group CEO Jürgen Wild explained. “At the same time, M+W Group can expand its global presence to include one further, important country.” The glass-foil modules to be manufactured in the new factory as from 2015 should be used to supply energy to the gold and copper mines and the irrigation systems in San Juan province. At the same time, further Mercosur states are seen as sales markets. The project is among the most important initiatives in San Juan province and is as well supported by the Argentine government, which was also made clear by the personal presence of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner when the contract was signed.