M+W Zander Italia SrI has received its first contract for a photovoltaic plant in Italy by its customer Solsonica SpA – a new company ensued from EEMS SpA, a semiconductor firm. M+W Zander is the design and build contractor for the facility systems of an existing semiconductor manufacturing facility that is partially being retrofit into a PV cell manufacturing plant.
Solsonica plans to manufacture polycrystalline silicon solar cells on a production area of 3,500 square meters, with an additional 2,000 square meters of service area at the Rieti site, approx. Production start is planned by mid 2008, and annual production during the first expansion stage is 30 MW per year. Subsequent production expansions are already included in the plans, which will increase the plant capacity up to 120 MW per year.