Orange Solar Power is setting up a solar module factory in West-Brabant with a production capacity of 70 megawatts, or 280,000 solar modules. The factory will create jobs for 60 people and will be accomplished in two phases. Phase 1, encompassing a production line of 15 megawatts of flexible solar modules, will be realized in the third quarter of 2015.
With the opening of a new factory, Orange Solar Power’s board of directors hopes to herald the return of the European solar industry. ‘Where the production of solar modules in Europe and in the Netherlands has all but disappeared in the past few years, this will be the kick-off of a revival’, state Guust Verpaalen (CEO) and Walter van Loon (CCO and founder of Orange Solar Power). ‘The direct investment in the new factory amounts to 5 million euros and offers a significant contribution to local employment.’
In phase 1 of Orange Solar Power’s project the factory will start up a production line of 15 megawatts for the ‘Monoflex’ modules. These flexible solar modules have several unique qualities:
• Monoflex modules are lightweight and are therefore applicable to a wider range of rooftops;
• Monoflex modules are bendable whereby they can be mounted on curved surfaces such as bus or bicycle shelters, building facades, and curved architectural designs;
• Monoflex modules have a high cell efficiency of 18%.
• Monoflex modules can be supplied in multiple sizes and configurations.
In phase 2 of the Orange Solar Power project a production line of 55 megawatts will be installed in the factory in West-Brabant to manufacture ‘standard’ solar modules. This production line will be operational by the end of 2015. In time, the factory will create jobs for 60 people.
‘We work with the newest technologies and Orange Solar Power is going to produce durable solar modules of the highest quality’, explains CEO Guust Verpaalen. ‘Eventually it is the people that make the real difference. In light of this, the recruiting and selection process in the period ahead will enjoy our fullest attention. In the startup phase we are talking approximately 15 job opportunities, and in the second phase the organization will grow to include an expected 60 people.’ CCO Walter van Loon explains: ‘We are going to be looking for people with the ‘Orange Solar Power factor’: reliability, innovation, and passion are paramount.
About Orange Solar Power
Orange Solar Power was founded in 2012 and since her founding has focused on the production and sale of solar modules, both standard and flexible solar modules. The client portfolio of Orange Solar Power includes, amongst others, Eneco, Google, Sabic, and SolarNRG.
The production of Orange Solar Power PV modules is assigned to various European companies. The solar cells used in the modules are imported from Taiwan and/or Europe. By the end of 2015 all Orange Solar Power PV modules will only be made in the Netherlands in the new factory in West-Brabant using mainly European components.
NOTE FOR THE EDITORS
On Wednesday, April 15th Orange Solar Power will hold a press conference on the Solar Solutions exhibition (Expo Haarlemmermeer in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands) to reveal her full plans for the new solar module factory in West-Brabant. The press conference will take place on Wednesday, April 15th at 12:00 at stand number C9. Members of the press will hereafter have the opportunity to ask questions. Appointments can be made for one-on-one interviews via e-mail: PR@o-solar.com.