Solar installation in Neustrelitz, Germany, is company's largest to date.
Marlboro, Massachusetts (June 3, 2010) — Evergreen Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ESLR), a manufacturer of STRING RIBBON™ solar power products with its proprietary silicon wafer manufacturing technology, announced today that an 8-megawatt power plant in Neustrelitz, Germany used more than 7 megawatts of panels manufactured by Evergreen Solar. It is Evergreen Solar’s largest installation in company history.
The project, which was designed and installed by IBC SOLAR Invest in cooperation with the city of Neustrelitz, uses approximately 34,000 IBC Polysol String Ribbon 200, 205 VG solar panels made by Evergreen Solar. It will provide enough electricity to power more than 2,600 homes in the area and will save more than 4,480 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
The installation is located on a former Soviet military training base. Prior to the installation, IBC SOLAR undertook a munitions recovery service to ensure the land – approximately 250,000 square meters in size – is now completely safe and free of any hidden mines.
“This is a milestone project for Evergreen Solar as we continue to expand our company’s global footprint with the largest installation in company history,” said Peter Rusch, Evergreen Solar’s vice president of sales for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “This project is especially significant as the land on which it is built has been completely remediated by IBC SOLAR and is now safe for everyday use. This is a significant environmental improvement for the area and is in line with Evergreen Solar’s mission to provide the most environmentally friendly solar panels ever made. Today, Evergreen’s String Ribbon solar panels have the smallest carbon footprint and quickest energy payback of any silicon-based panel.”
“For IBC SOLAR quality has absolute priority. Our products are subject to severe inspections and quality controls at any stage of the production: at the manufacturer, at delivery and at our own test system,” said Mr Norbert Hahn, board member of IBC SOLAR AG. “With our internal flasher and in our climate chamber we test durability and performance of modules. In addition, all systems are certified by independent testing institutes such as TÜV, VDE and Fraunhofer ISE. The IBC Polysol Panels made by Evergreen Solar comply with our quality requirements.”
About Evergreen Solar, Inc.
Evergreen Solar, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets STRING RIBBON™ solar power products using its proprietary, low-cost wafer technology. The company’s patented wafer manufacturing technology uses significantly less polysilicon than conventional processes. Evergreen Solar’s products provide reliable and environmentally clean electric power for residential and commercial applications globally. For more information about the company, please visit www.evergreensolar.com.
About IBC Solar
IBC SOLAR is a leading global photovoltaic specialist, offering complete solutions for power production from solar energy. The company covers the entire spectrum, from planning to the turnkey handover of photovoltaic installations. Globally, IBC SOLAR has already implemented more than 100,000 turnkey photovoltaic systems with a total power output of 880 megawatt (MWp). The scale of these installations ranges from large photovoltaic power stations and solar parks which feed electricity into the network, to off-grid systems. IBC SOLAR sells its photovoltaic components and systems over an extensive network of trade partners. As general contractor, the photovoltaic integrator plans and implements large scale solar projects. Through maintenance and monitoring, IBC SOLAR ensures an optimal performance of the solar park.
IBC SOLAR was founded in 1982 in Bad Staffelstein. IBC SOLAR is represented around the globe by affiliates in Netherlands, France, the Czech Republic, Spain, Greece and Malaysia and currently employs around 350 employees, of which 250 are in Germany. The international business group IBC SOLAR is directed from its headquarters in Bad Staffelstein.
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