Kyoto, Japan [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Kyocera Corporation has announced plans to build a new 350-megawatt (MW) solar cell manufacturing facility. The new plant, located in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, will be the Kyocera Group’s largest manufacturing facility in Japan. Construction of the plant is scheduled to start in early 2009 and be completed by year’s end, with production scheduled to begin in the spring of 2010.
Combined with Kyocera’s existing Yohkaichi plant, the new facility will help the company to more than double its annual production of solar cells from this year’s projected output of 300 MW to 650 MW by March 2012. The new plant will manufacture Kyocera’s new back-contact cell, which has an 18.5% energy conversion efficiency.
“Kyocera’s 33 years of experience in developing solar energy technologies has allowed us to create high-quality products with industry-leading efficiency and reliability,” said Tatsumi Maeda, senior managing executive officer of Kyocera Corporation and general manager of its Corporate Solar Energy Group. “Kyocera will build on these strengths to further expand its solar business.”