MiaSole and Intel Enter Into Solar Manufacturing Consulting Agreement

April 26, 2011 by Jeff Shepard

MiaSole, a manufacturer of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Intel’s Technical Manufacturing Services practice.

Under this agreement, Intel will provide customized manufacturing services and systems, strategic consulting, operational knowledge and training to MiaSole as the company ramps its manufacturing facilities in 2011 and 2012.

"The engagement is part of Intel’s broader strategy to partner promising high tech innovation with Intel’s world class manufacturing and Copy Exactly! methodology. This will enable companies like MiaSole to scale to high volume manufacturing cheaper, faster, and better," commented Brian Krzanich, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

According to the MiaSole, manufacturing is central to its business; the company has increased its annualized production capacity to over 50MW in just over a year, and is on-track to triple capacity to over 150 MW by the end of 2011. However, it is claimed that the agreement with Intel will accelerate the production ramp with improved repeatability and consistency required for high-volume manufacturing. The company says this will further reduce the overall cost of solar energy and broaden its worldwide adoption.

"We are thrilled to learn from Intel’s manufacturing expertise. The best technology manufacturer on the planet is now teaching us what it means to be world-class. This contribution will strengthen our goals to achieve manufacturing scale at our California factory this year," said Dr. Joseph Laia, CEO of MiaSole.