Module manufacturer and EPC contractor Vikram Solar has opened a new factory with an annual capacity of 1.3 GW. The mono PERC module facility will be capable of handling module wattage up to 640 watts. It is forward compatible with upcoming technologies such as M12 cell modules and high-efficiency bi-facial modules.
The new facility is located at Indospace Industrial Park in the Chennai district of Tamil Nadu.
Vikram Solar already has a 1.2 GW module facility in Falta, West Bengal. With the latest unit, its cumulative PV module manufacturing capacity has reached 2.5 GW—the largest in India.
Vikram Solar plans to add another 3 GW in the next five years, reaching an overall capacity of 5.5 GW. The proposed addition will be aimed at backward integration and will include cell and wafer capacity. The facility will be located close to 1.3 GW fab in Chennai.
The Chennai fab occupies a production area of 1.3 lac square feet. It is located close to the seaport, allowing for faster exports. The fab is equipped with high-tech automation and complies with Industry 4.0 standards. It is Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled and employs AI-enabled inspection for zero defects.
Speaking on the occasion, Gyanesh Chaudhary, Managing Director, Vikram Solar, said, “We believe that the exponential demand surge for solar energy coupled with a clarion call globally to diversify trade markets and supply chain presents a huge opportunity for indigenous solar manufacturing… our new facility further strengthens not just Vikram Solar but the Nation’s solar manufacturing prowess and ecosystem. Apart from bridging the demand-supply gap for modules, our state-of-the-art facility will propel technological innovation, job creation and aid India’s renewable energy targets.”
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