Arctech Kicks-Off Trial Operation of its 3GW Solar Tracker Manufacturing Facility in Gujarat
With an aim to ease the global supply chain disruption amidst coronavirus-induced challenges, China-headquartered tracking, racking and BIPV solutions provider, Arctech Solar has commenced the trial operation of its first joint venture (JV) manufacturing factory ‘Jash Energy’ in Gujarat, India.
June 09, 2022. By Manu Tayal
The solar tracker manufacturer said that Jash Energy with a 3 GW manufacturing capacity will serve as part of its effort to ease the pressure of global supply chain disruption intensified in the first half of 2022 with Covid-19 in mainland China, logistics, and raw material challenges among others.
Located in Mundra Gujarat, the largest private port in India, Jash Energy would be benefitted from a top-notch logistic facility, as the coastal state of Gujarat has easy accessibility to the Western, Middle East, and African markets.
Mundra also provides an ideal base for traders due to its relatively short logistics connectivity to the north-western hinterland. It is easily accessible from all major industrial destinations in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh for the export of cargo.
The factory, spread across 16 acres of an area, has been equipped with all major components of the company’s solar tracker productions including posts, torque tubes, purlins, and fasteners produced from its fully automatic production lines.
Explaining about the company’s fully automatic production lines, Gail Chen, General Manager, East Asia, and India at Arctech; board director and CEO of Jash Energy, said “by applying the fully automatic production lines, we can stay agile and make fast adjustments to the current supply strategy, increase productivity, stay competitive, and prepare for the future - including for unprecedented events, such as a pandemic. It also helps accelerate the adoption of India’s Industry 4.0 solutions.”
Through setting up of this 3 GW factory, the company has provided over 200 jobs for the local community and technological training for the local employees has also been planned to help upscale the technical expertise of its workers.
Gail further said, “we are also planning to go deeper in vertically integrated production plan including using steel for trackers that were made in India.”
Arctech plans to work with local steel manufacturing partners for the development of solar trackers. The use of local manufacturers for Indian steel production needs will also have a significant economic impact, Gail added.
Since the beginning of its operations in India in 2015, the company has accumulated 3.9 GW shipments across 50+ projects in the country.
Despite the pandemic disruption in India, the company struck a deal with one of the leading Indian developers to supply 1.7 GW of 1P SkyLine trackers for two projects in Rajasthan in 2020. The 860 MW Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd’s (AEML’s) solar power plant is the largest bifacial tracker power generation project in India.
“The opening of the JV factory has marked Arctech’s determination on practicing long term localization strategy in India, we will continue to enhance our presence to reduce the region’s dependence on traditional and costly sources of energy,” Gail added.
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