BP plans to build a solar module assembly plant in Hameln, Lower Saxony, Germany.
With a total investment in Hameln of $12 million, the plant will have an annual production capacity of 20 MW, equal to the annual electricity consumption of a town of 16.000 inhabitants, and create more than 100 new jobs.
Ground breaking is expected to take place later this year with the first solar modules rolling off the line in the 4th quarter of 2002.
BP’s new solar module assembly plant will initially produce crystalline silicon modules
Components from a variety of sources, including solar cells produced at BP’s solar plant in Madrid, will be assembled by workers for installation on residential and commercial roof tops and as building cladding in Germany and elsewhere.
BP manufactures over 40 MW of solar products in six plants in four countries worldwide.