*A 2022 update on MSquare’s status here.
Joining South Australia’s Tindo Solar in the Australian made and owned solar manufacturing game, Sydney-based MSquare Energy (MSquare) claims to have ambitions of becoming the largest solar panel manufacturer in Australia with a fully automated facility.
In what will be news to few, Sydney is currently in strict Covid-19 lockdown, meaning pv magazine Australia is not currently able to visit the MSquare’s facility, located in the western Sydney suburb of Toongabbie.
However, what we know from an MSquare statement is that it’s currently claiming a 300 MW manufacturing capacity through fully-automatic assembly factory making panels up to 445W, with plans to bring M10 panels up to 590W all black into the line by October 2021.
MSquare says it has already begun exporting some of its products to the United States, and has purchased a site in Kelso, near Bathurst, for a second manufacturing facility which it says will triple manufacturing capacity.
According to MSquare, its “business goal is to become the leading solar panel manufacturing company in Australia”, an ambitious goal considering Tindo Solar secured $1 million federal funding in June to help it transition to new M10 cell technology and boost production capacity with a new $6 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Adelaide nearing completion.
What can be said for certain is that Australian module manufacturing industry is at a pivotal stage of development, and that MSquare is throwing its hat in the ring.
Update: MSquare claimed that its panels were CEC approved, but the CEC has told pv magazine Australia that MSquare was delisted in 2020 for “failure to meet the specified power rating in Clean Energy Council testing.” However “all corrective actions required to be completed after their de-listing were addressed, and a new application for listing was processed earlier this year.” This is an evolving story with more pv magazine Australia coverage to come.
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