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Chinese solar manufacturer opens PV module factory in Turkey

CSUN's Eurasia PV facility in Istanbul set to have production capacity of 300MW and bring company closer to customers in core and developing solar power markets

CSUN said it has invested in the Istanbul module production factory in preparation for the growing Turkish solar market

A Chinese solar cell producer has opened a PV module factory in Turkey. China Sunergy (CSUN), a specialised PV manufacturer based in Nanjing, has opened the facility in Istanbul which is set to have a module production capacity of 300MW in the next few months.

The CSUN Eurasia facility produce polycrystalline cells and modules based on the company's developed technology and equipment. It provides a cell manufacturing capacity of 100MW and currently has a module production capacity of 175MW. But the company said this will be ramped up to 300MW by the end of June.

CSUN said it has invested in the module production facility in preparation of the "growing Turkish and Middle East solar market". The company also hopes the development will bring it closer to its European customers.

Stephen Cai, the CEO of CSUN, said: "CSUN Eurasia is CSUNs next step in its globalisation approach, bringing the company closer to customers in core and developing markets. As a reliable partner, we are focused on providing high quality, fair cost products to our customers across the globe. The new factory also underlines our strategy that will turn CSUN into a global tier 1 player."

CSUN said it is currently evaluating locally produced materials such as glass, frames and backsheets. It also expects to be compliant with Turkish local content regulations by the fourth quarter of 2013, which will allow customers to receive higher feed-in tariffs.

CSUN is another Chinese PV company that has made the decision to move into Turkey's solar market. In November 2012, Chinese-US firm Canadian Solar announced it is helping to develop Turkey's largest commercial PV project.