LONDON – Stion Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) a startup formed to manufacture thin-film solar modules, has announced it has received Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certifications to ship modules from its Hattiesburg, Missouri factory and that it will begin to ship modules of up to 140 watts capacity this month.
The factory is designed to offer 500-MW of annual production with a first phase having 100-MW of annual production, equivalent to approximately 25,000 residential solar electric systems.
"Beginning shipments from Hattiesburg less than one year after starting construction represents a tremendous accomplishment by our team," said Chet Farris, CEO of Stion, in a statement.
The company's modules have a simple monolithic circuit design, and are designed for use in all major market segments; residential, commercial, government and utility. The come in a standard form factor measuring 65-cm by 165-cm.
Stion announced it had raised $130 million in December 2011 and said it will continue expansion of both its Hattiesburg factory and its San Jose headquarters. As part of the round Stion made a commitment to establish a subsidiary in Korea and to build factory there to serve the Asian and European markets.