Schmid opens facilities at 71-MW PV module factory in Argentina

Author | Militsa Mancheva — German firm Schmid GmbH said Wednesday it has officially opened for business the warehouse and office facilities at a 71-MW photovoltaic (PV) module factory in Argentina’s San Juan province.

The German PV processing equipment maker is installing the EUR-100-million (USD 116.2m) plant for local utility Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estado (EPSE) in an industrial park near San Juan’s capital city.

Construction at the site kicked off in end-October last year, while equipment deliveries started on January 12. Schmid’s unit in Argentina, on its part, provides spare parts and service support for the plant.

The factory is expected to produce over 200,000 PV panels a year, or enough to power some 43,000 homes. The first panels are expected to be manufactured in October 2015, according to previous estimates.

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