Turkey's Kalyon PV to lift production capacity to 1 GW by June
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The capacity of the integrated solar panel manufacturing facility Kalyon Solar Technologies Factory in Turkey, owned by conglomerate Kalyon Group, will be increased to 1 GW from 500 MW by June 2021 due to rising demand both locally and from abroad.
Under the plan, the number of employees at the factory will grow to 2,100 from 1,400, Kaylon PV said in a statement on Tuesday.
The $400 million (338.7 million euro) PV manufacturing facility was opened in Ankara industrial zone in August. The factory gathers all of the phases of solar panel production under one roof. In addition, an R&D centre at the site employs 100 researchers.
The factory currently produces photovoltaic (PV) panels for the 1,000 MW Konya Karapinar Solar Power Plant, a project secured by the Kalyon - Hanwha consortium in the first solar tender in Turkey under the Renewable Energy Resources Zones (YEKA) programme. The establishment of local PV manufacturing capacity was a condition in that tender.
In 2019, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation replaced Hanwha as Kalyon's partner in the project. It is supplying equipment for the panel factory.