Bila Solar, a Singapore-based solar module manufacturer, is investing $35 million to create a plant in Indianapolis, Indiana with the ability to produce 1 GW of glassless, frameless solar modules.
The company will transform an existing 150,000-square-foot facility at White River Parkway East Drive into its new manufacturing facility, which is expected to be operational by Summer 2024. The facility will create 240 jobs and have an output of 5,000 modules per day.
“We are bringing to the US market ultralight modules that go where traditional solar panels can’t go. In Indianapolis, we found a central urban location, a diverse workforce, and an entrepreneurial spirit – ideal for our approach to making clean energy attainable for all,” said Mick McDaniel, Bila Solar Vice President and U.S. General Manager.
Bila Solar’s modules are lightweight solar modules that integrate crystalline silicone solar cells with aerospace composites. This produces a product that is 30% lighter and 95% thinner than regular glass panels. According to Bila, the modules are best suited for applications such as low-load-bearing commercial and industrial roofs. They are also capable of being installed on curved surfaces or integrated into vehicles.