Heliene takes over SolarTech Universal’s lease on Florida solar panel manufacturing plant

Heliene, a North American solar panel manufacturer with operations in Minnesota and Ontario, Canada, is moving to the commercial warehouse location formerly occupied by SolarTech Universal in Riviera Beach, Florida. Heliene will begin production at the 100 MW Florida plant in September 2021.

Archive photo of SolarTech Universal’s Florida facility

Founded in Florida in 2015, SolarTech Universal made 60-cell solar panels using Meyer Burger’s patented SmartWire technology. SolarTech was the only US manufacturer of heterojunction technology (HJT) panels in the past five years, and Heliene will continue to use the advanced manufacturing process.

Heliene representatives have confirmed that Solar energy world that the company did not adopt the HJT process from SolarTech Universal, but “developed its own bill of materials with specific microwire technology and … incorporated the development and long-term reliability analysis of HJT products, bottom-up of the components”, and therefore with its own IP.

Together with its 140 MW facility in Mountain Iron, Minnesota, Heliene will now have a total of 240 MW of US panel production capacity.

View a list of all US solar panel assembly and manufacturing companies here.

“With the launch of the Florida facility, Heliene is strongly positioned to meet the significant projected demand for residential and commercial solar in the US through our industry-leading module technology and production efficiencies,” said Martin Pochtaruk, CEO of Heliene . “Heterojunction module technology is changing the economics of solar energy, 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 access to clean energy across North America.”

Archive photo of SolarTech Universal’s HJT modules with SmartWire technology

Heliene’s 66-cell HJT 370-W module uses multiwire technology and 18 round microwires instead of traditional flat rails, reducing shadows on the solar cells, resulting in higher power output.

The 75,000 square foot Riviera Beach facility will create more than 60 new jobs for Heliene.

Heliene is currently accepting orders for the 66-cell HJT module.

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