More domestic solar module supply is on the way. Heliene is opening its third North American solar module manufacturing facility located in Riviera Beach, Florida. The new facility is Heliene’s second plant in the United States, increasing its manufacturing capacity by an additional 100 MW. Heliene will begin manufacturing operations at the new facility in September 2021.
Heliene is expanding upon its product suite of North American produced solar modules, which to date have been designed and manufactured in multiple configurations in Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. The Florida plant will be the only facility in the U.S. to produce super high-efficiency heterojunction solar cell modules for residential and commercial applications. Heterojunction solar cell modules deliver more power per unit area, more units of electricity over the life of the module, and greater reliability compared to conventional high efficiency modules – all in an aesthetically-pleasing, low-profile package.
“With the launch of the Florida facility, Heliene is strongly positioned to meet the significant forecasted demand for residential and commercial solar in the U.S. through our industry-leading module technology and manufacturing efficiency,” said Martin Pochtaruk, CEO, Heliene. “Heterojunction module technology changes the economics of solar, giving our customers greater production density when designing residential and commercial installations. Delivering the most superior products available with a just-in-time solution and always-available customer support is critical to our strategy to increase clean energy access across North America.”
Heterojunction cell technology combines the advantages of N-type crystalline silicon with the excellent absorption and passivation of amorphous silicon. Heliene’s 66 cell Heterojunction 370W module uses multiwire technology and 18 round microwires in place of traditional flat busbars, which reduces shading by 25 percent by creating a light trapping effect. The N-type silicon results in extremely low light induced degradation (LID) and potential induced degradation (PID), guaranteeing more power over the lifespan of the module. The heterojunction module is also excelling in low light and high temperature conditions.
The 75,000 square foot Riviera Beach facility will create over 60 new manufacturing, maintenance, engineering and logistics jobs in the area. As a member of the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America (SEMA) Coalition, Heliene is committed to generating well-paying manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and strengthening America’s solar supply chain to accelerate clean energy adoption and reach national decarbonization targets.