The factory with a surface area of 13,000 square meters is being set up in the state capital of San Juan and will enable integrated production from monocrystalline silicon-ingot to the module from mid-2015. In a second stage of the development, the plan is to expand 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.
Headquartered in Guangdong Province, China, Powerway operates subsidiary companies in Japan and South Africa. The group’s core business includes electrical design, structural design, product supply, construction services, installation and operation and maintenance.
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 potential sales markets. The project is among the most important initiatives in San Juan province and is also supported by the Argentine government, which was made clear by the personal visit of Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner when the contract was signed.
“As a result of this, Powerway will actively expand the whole South American market, from Chile to Brazil, Coast Rica to Argentina, Powerway is confident of promoting their brand in South America,” Wu added.
The Schmid Group (Freudenstadt/Germany) as general contractor and M+W Group bid jointly for the contract, and submitted the winning tender. M+W Group is responsible for engineering and construction, installation and project management as part of this important project.
Powerway CEO Benson Wu said, “The Chilean solar industry is developing incredibly well, with some of the best radiation conditions in the world. The entire PV market is attractive, with some of the fastest growing consumer demand in the region and active public awareness.”