Halle, 27th October 2010, The Norwegian-based company Innotech Solar today laid the foundation stone for their second European production site in Halle (Saale). The solar company will invest around 20 Million Euros into the first expansion step, providing 80 new jobs. A further 50 jobs are expected to be created as a result of future expansion steps. The production site is going to have a total floor space of 7,000 square meters.
The factory is going to process up to 20.000 solar cells per hour from various manufacturers. In this process, contaminations of the cells are isolated and removed, restoring their full efficiency. This minimizes the energy and raw materials used for the production of high- quality solar cells. Innotech Solar is the only company world-wide specializing in this type of process. The company works with well-known producers such as Q-Cells or Bosch.
Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister for Industry and Labor of the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt joined the Mayor of Halle, Dagmar Szabados and the Innotech Solar Management in laying the foundation stone for the new factory. During the ceremony, he said: “By establishing this facility, Innotech Solar has given additional proof of Saxony-Anhalt’s attractiveness as a location for photovoltaics companies. The fact that the district of Halle-Saale on the A14 highway has won the international competition against around 30 locations sets a clear signal.
So once again, supporting the development of estates in areas with good infrastructure while creating an ideal environment for research and development through the establishment of the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon-Photovoltaics in Halle and Schkopau has paid off.” Dagmar Szabados commented the project from the point of view of the city: “In Halle, new technologies have traditionally played an important role and renewable energies are a key technology of this century. The Innotech Solar site links tradition with innovation, opening a new chapter in Halle’s industrial history.”
The CEO of Innotech Solar, Thor Christian Tuv, explained the choice of Halle as a location: “Our decision was based on the infrastructure, such as the direct connection to the highway, state and municipal funding, availability of trained personnel and the efficient solar competence network in the region.”
The company predominantly commissioned East German companies for the construction of the new manufacturing facility, and also gives preference to recruiting regional staff.
Source: Innotech Solar