Solarworld builds USA's largest solar cell factory
Christoph Hammerschmidt EE Times Europe, 03/01/2007
With the production of monocrystaline silicon wafers for solar cells, German renewable energy company Solarworld AG intends to widen its product spectrum. The devices will be produced in what Solarworld claims to be the USA's largest solar cell factory in Hillsborough, Orgeon.
In close vicinity to chip manufacturer Intel, Solarworld has bought a wafer fab from Japanese Komatsu group for €30 million ($39.6 million). Now the German concern plans to invest another €300 million into the integrated manufacturing line, covering the entire value chain from silicon to solar cell.
The production is scheduled to ramp up by the summer of 2007, with a preliminary capacity target of 100 MW. By 2009, the capacity will be expanded to 500 MW. In addition, the company intends to double the manufacturing capacity of its Camarillo, Calif. plant to 100 MW and the company also plans to expand its plant in Freiberg, Germany to 500 MW.
While Freiberg produces polysilicon wafers, the Hillsboro plant will focus on monocrystalline products, utilizing for the first time the technology from Royal Dutch Shell's solar activities the company had acquired about a year ago.
Thanks to Peak Oil News & Message Boards for the tip.
I believe this is the largest capacity to be announced by anyone, although there is time for others to announce before this project is completed.