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Italian solar PV manufacturer sets up in Canada

Italian solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer Silfab SpA is setting up Silfab Ontario Inc in Canada – a 180 MW solar module plant is already in the pipeline.

With an investment of C$15 million, the planned 180 MW solar PV module manufacturing plant will be located at an ≥100,000 ft2 production facility in Mississauga, Southern Ontario.

The solar PV module plant is due to start production in early 2011 with a capacity of 60 MW, and a view to ramping up to 180 MW by 2012.

The facility shall be divided into two distinct areas – one for Silfab’s own solar PV modules and the other for Ontario-based solar PV module manufacturers.

President and CEO of Silfab SpA and Silfab Ontario, Franco Traverso, says: “Our decision to dedicate part of our production to OEM supply contracts is meant to address the needs of all those companies that – just like us – welcome Ontario Government’s efforts to spearhead the Province’s renewable energy industry but are unlikely to commit to the investment on a local manufacturing facility.”

Silfab solar PV modules will be produced with 60 and 72 high-efficiency mono and multi-crystalline cells, with a power up to 300 Wp, suitable for both rooftop and ground-mounted applications.

Silfab solar PV modules have already received UL and ULC certification by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and have been tested to withstand extreme weather conditions, such as 25 mm hailstones traveling at 83 km/h, temperatures down to -40°C (-40°F), and wind loading up to 130 km/h.

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