China’s Longi Solar confirms 1 GW Indian manufacturing facility
Longi Solar will set up a 1 GW solar PV manufacturing facility in India’s Andhra Pradesh. It will manufacture 500 MW of cells and 500 MW of modules, a spokesperson tells pv magazine. The facility is expected to be commissioned by Q1 2019 at the latest, and will seek to take advantage of India’s exemption from the recent U.S. solar tariffs, imposed by President Trump last week.
Longi Solar has confirmed it will be the first Chinese solar company to set up manufacturing facilities in India. The news comes just a month after the company said it would invest $300 million in a 5 GW module facility in China.
A spokesperson for the company tells pv magazine the new facility, located in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, will manufacture 500 MW of monocrystalline cells and modules, respectively. The first phase will see a Crore 1,700 (around (US$26.7 million) investment.
They add that Longi undertook a 500 MW cell and module investment plan in 2016. The company will kick off construction during its AP Investment Summit this February, with production beginning by the end of this year, or the beginning of 2019.