China Sunergy Co. Ltd., a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, has set up a new manufacturing facility in Istanbul, Turkey, with local partner Seul Energy Investment Corp., a solar system provider, project developer and installer in Turkey.
In September, the two companies signed agreements to invest jointly in three newly established companies under the name CSUN Eurasia to produce PV cells and PV modules in Turkey andÂ invest in downstream solar projects in Turkey and neighboring countries.
The first 150 MW solar module line installed in the new facility will begin producing solar panels this month, while a 100 MW solar cell line is now under installation and will start manufacturing in March.
The company is currently planning to move an additional 200 MW of equipment to the Turkey plant from its facilities in Shanghai in the first quarter and gradually ramp up production in the first half of next year.
China Sunergy expects the new plant to create more than 1,200 job opportunities locally.