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Bosch Solar expands in France through country’s largest factory

Bosch Solar Energy has begun operations in the French town of V'enissieux, France for the manufacture of crystalline solar modules. The factory, which was completed in only eight months, has a peak capacity of 150 megawatts – said to be the largest of its kind in the country.

Bosch is expecting to churn out 2,000 units daily by July, when already at full work. This corresponds to an annual volume of 600,000 units per year, equaling the energy demand from 51,000 French households.

"France is eminently suitable for solar energy use not least due to its geographical location. Especially the south offers very good solar irradiance data," said Guy Maugis, President of Robert Bosch France.

"With the factory in V'enissieux, we have moved closer to our customers in France, Southern Europe and North Africa and as such we can better and more quickly respond to their requirements," explained J"urgen Pressl, member of the Bosch Solar Energy Board of Management and responsible for production.

Formerly a diesel site producing common rail injection pumps, Bosch has managed to keep 200 jobs in the area from the discontinued production.

The lines in the new plant can be used flexibly, where five different types of mono-crystalline and multi-crystalline Bosch solar modules can be built. – EcoSeed Staff

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