The Norwegian company REC recently officially opened one of the world’s largest integrated wafer, cell and module manufacturing facilities in Tuas, Singapore.
This milestone is the largest single investment ever made by REC, the largest clean tech investment ever made in Singapore at 2.5 billion Singapore dollars, and the third largest foreign green field investment ever made by a Norwegian company.
Some 200 sites were considered before Singapore was selected as the location for the state of the art complex covering 321,000 square meters. Some 8,000 workers and 17 million man hours without serious injury were required. The plant has impressive environmental features having received the Gold Green Mark Award for environmental performance, ISO 9001, in addition to having waste water recycling and energy recovery systems in place. The facility has created around 1500 jobs with recruitment continuing.
“We are confident with the completion of REC’s plant that solar is here to stay and will be an important energy source in the coming years. REC’s high performance solar technology and Singapore’s global competitiveness together create a center of excellence that will make smart energy for a cleaner future more accessible,” said Ole Enger, CEO, REC.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, joined by Leo Yip, Chairman of the Economic Development Board and some 500 guests attended the opening which was followed by a plant tour.