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Heliene will open a PV manufacturing line in Ontario

March 18, 2010

Heliene Canada Inc., a joint manufacturing venture between Canadian entrepreneurs and Helios Energy of Barcelona, Spain, is constructing a 17,500 square-foot plant in Sault-Ste-Marie, Ontario.

In an interview with Photovoltaics International, Heliene´s president Martin Pochtaruk said that “the first modules should go out to Ontario, followed with shipments to the U.S. Midwest, by the end of August or September”.

The Heliene facility will start out with an “initial capacity of 30MWp per year,” he explained. “The plant is modular and can easily be expanded up to 80MW.”

heliene_production2Capabilities for both multi- and monocrystalline silicon-based modules will be in place at the facility, with the cells being supplied by Suniva in the U.S., he said. Initially, 60- and 72-cell modules, with power outputs up to 300W, will come off the production line.

The plant’s manufacturing line will be 80 per cent automated — meaning minimal operational personnel — accessed and managed through a system of touchscreens. The manufacturing line will be constructed and assembled in Europe by SAP, a sister company of Helios Energy. Once the  plant is up and running, the workforce will total about 40 people, based on “eight employees per shift of operation and approximately 10 administrative positions.”

Pochtaruk explains the the decision to locate the plant in Sault-Ste-Marie: “From the logistics point of view, Sault Ste. Marie is centrally located to ship products throughout Canada and the United States,”. “While in Ontario to provide the domestic content required for PV investments made in the province,” [we can] tap into a well-developed workforce, particularly focused on renewable energy.”


Solaria to provide 13.3 MW of PV modules for two solar farms in Spain

February 23, 2010

Spanish module manufacturer Solaria Energía Medio Ambiente, S.A. and Swiss group ABB in consortium have been contracted by GA Solar to build two solar PV plants in La Robla (León, Spain) with a capacity of 13.3 MW for approximately € 40 million ($54 million). Solaria is the exclusive supplier of PV modules for the two plants. The contract will be completed in 2010.

Ingeteam to open a renewable energy components plant in Milwaukee

February 18, 2010

Ingeteam, Inc., a supplier to the wind and solar energy industries, will establish a new plant in Milwaukee that will specialize in designing renewable energy products. The company intends to begin construction on the project in April so it can be finished by the end of the year.

Ingeteam has its headquarters in Bilbao, Spain, and is made up of 28 companies employing more than 3,500 people. Besides the field of renewable energy, the company is present in the following  areas:  railway traction, marine, combined heat and power, the iron and steel industry and hydraulic machines.

The production facility will be approximately 100,000 square feet in size and will focus on manufacturing its Indar-brand wind power generators and Ingeteam converters, as well as solar power inverters. When working at its full capacity, the plant will be capable of producing 7,500 megawatts of green energy every year. It will create as many as 60 jobs in 2011 and 275 jobs by 2015.

“After carefully analyzing our company’s needs, we selected Milwaukee for our new production facility because the city is conveniently located for distribution of our products and has a solid industrial base from which Ingeteam can source materials,” said Ander Gandiaga, Ingeteam’s corporate director for international development.  Aitor Sotes, CEO of Ingeteam’s U.S. subsidiary, also mentioned the city’s skilled work force, local college programs and state requirements for renewable energy.

At the moment, Ingeteam has a 12-15 percent market share of the worldwide wind power component market. However, it has room to grow in America and will use the Milwaukee plant as a means to do so.  The new factory is going to make possible the production of equipment for the equivalent of 7,500 MW each year. In these facilities, several ranges of converter/generator products will be manufactured, covering ranges from 1.5 to 5 MW of power for wind usage. In the medium term, Ingeteam plans  to endow the plant with the capacity to perform joint testing of complete equipment. For the solar photovoltaic market, the production of converters (inverters) will cover the range from 2.5 to 500 kW

Ingeteam has a unit in Santa Clara, California, for sales of solar photovoltaic inverters and is also present in Mequon, Wisconsin, carrying out wind turbine operation and maintenance activities. Through this activity, Ingeteam today manages more than 2,200 MW distributed over 60 wind farms all over the world.

In addition, Ingeteam has an important experience in water management, through its brand Indar Hydraulic Equipment, a leading pumps manufacturer. Indar started its commercial activity in the USA in 2003. Currently, it supplies submersible pumping equipment.


Article in Greentech media about Spanish solar companies in the US

January 11, 2010


Sorry for the long hibernation. I am back from the winter holidays with a link to an article written by Ucilia Wang, from Greentech media, following a conversation we had recently about Spanish solar companies and their activities in the US.

Spain’s Solar Export Ambition

Isofoton to build a solar module assembly plant in Ohio

March 10, 2009
  • Isofoton initiates the first step for a new photovoltaic module production center in the U.S. that will assemble cells produced in Malaga.
  • This new module plant is an addition to the Isofoton Producing Center in Malaga which deploys the Reis Line, one of the most technologically advanced production lines in the world.

Isofoton, through its subsidiary Isofoton North America, has signed a cooperation agreement with the State of Ohio by which both sides commit mutually to cooperate in the implementation of a new Isofoton production center in the State. This decision is contingent upon negotiation and approval of incentives, site location, and other due diligence.

This signing represents the completion of a long process initiated in 2007 (see our previous story on the subject here), a period during which Isofoton has been conducting pre-feasibility studies to determine the partners that will guarantee the project success, and that has meant many meetings, in several states, at the highest levels. Moreover, the signing is also the first step in a process in which the company will identify strategic utility partners to develop its U.S. business plans.

The Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, has highlighted the importance of the agreement in the context of public support to the photovoltaic sector. “We are tremendously excited that Isofoton has committed to expanding into Ohio,” Governor Ted Strickland said. “This commitment demonstrates our globally-recognized research capabilities, the state’s forward-looking energy policy, and our manufacturing strength.” 

Isofoton HQ in Malaga

Isofoton HQ in Malaga

This new plant will carry out the assembly of cells that the company will manufacture in its production center in Malaga, therefore increasing with this start up its productivity in Spain. 

The production from the Ohio plant will be allocated to the US market, so that Isofoton will be able to cover the demand of the dollar zone from a more competitive position. The start of the implementation of the plant is estimated to occur between 2010 and 2011, and will have an estimated production capacity of 60 MW.

Spanish solar company Fotowatio Expands in the U.S.

March 4, 2009

Fotowatio, a large Spanish independent power producer has acquired the bulk of MMA Renewable Ventures solar assets and its team for $19.7 million.

San Francisco-based MMA Renewable Ventures develops, finances, owns and operates renewable energy projects including solar and wind but will now focus exclusively on solar projects. Total MMA Renewable Ventures transaction production in 2008 was $115 million, down from $234 million in 2007.

Madrid-based Fotowatio, recently backed by an injection of capital from GE Financial Services and Grupo Landon, has developed nearly 100 megawatts of solar projects in Spain. It has invested more than $880 million in solar projects since 2006 and plans to spend up to $3.2 billion by 2012 on expanding its portfolio in Spain, Italy and the United States, company sources said.

La Magascona pv plant, developed by Fotowatio, EPC by Elecnor

La Magascona 30 MW pv plant, developed by Fotowatio, EPC by Elecnor

MMA Renewable Ventures has developed 40 megawatts of renewable solar projects, including the 14 megawatt solar system at Nellis Air Force base just outside of Las Vegas. When completed in 2007, it was the largest solar project in the United States. Fotowatio is also acquiring the solar array at Denver International Airport, the CIGS thin-film installation in Arizona, solar panels on Colorado parking garages, and a solar project powering a rice farm in California.

With the purchase of MMA, its third in the past seven months, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures is expected to become one of the largest solar development companies in the United States in terms of megawatts in operation. It will own 35 megawatts of solar projects in operation and more than 400 megawatts in development in the United States. The company’s global portfolio will expand to more than 130 megawatts of operating solar projects in the United States and Spain and more than 1,000 megawatts under development across the United States, Spain and Italy.

ICP Solar announces its intention to acquire Ibersolar Energía

October 21, 2008

ICP Solar Technologies Inc., a Canadian developer and manufacturer of solar panels today announced that it has entered into a binding Letter of Intent to acquire Ibersolar Energia, S.A., a leading Spanish manufacturer and supplier of solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, and absorption units. Ibersolar has annual sales of approximately 120 million euros ($ 156.8 million) and has been profitable since 2005.

“I am extremely pleased to announce the most important strategic decision in our company’s history,” said Sass Peress, Chairman and CEO of ICP Solar. “By acquiring Ibersolar, ICP will see a twenty-fold increase in the size of its business and automatically become a recognized player in the burgeoning European market. Ibersolar brings with it excellent solar applications, established R&D, strong supplier relationships, and a substantial customer base that spans commercial, industrial, and government entities across the continent.

Ibersolar Energia offers a wide range of PV modules, grid-connected and off-grid inverters, mounting systems, solar trackers and monitoring equipment, as well as complete solar thermal systems, including high performance collectors, solar boilers, controllers, and thermal siphons. The company has developed a roof system which integrates flexible amorphous silicon modules with waterproof membrane solutions, providing impermeability in a roof while achieving maximum energy production from the photovoltaic modules.

ICP markets its products under its Sunsei brand and is based in Montreal, Canada, with additional locations in the USA, Ireland, France and the UK. Ibersolar is based in Barcelona and has subsidiaries in Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Miami.