Kyocera to Build Manufacturing Facility for Solar Modules in Mexico

Kyocera will break ground tomorrow, June 6, at its Tijuana maquiladora location — Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. — officially commencing construction on a large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) modules manufacturing facility.

Scheduled for completion in early 2008, the new facility in the Tijuana Industrial Park will consist of a two-story plant which, when operational, will more than quadruple Kyocera’s production capacity for solar modules in Tijuana — from a current capacity of 35 megawatts (MW) per year to 150 MW by the end of March 2011.

The additions are part of a four-year plan to expand Kyocera’s global manufacturing capacity for solar modules, which are produced in Mexico, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. By the end of March 2011, these four sites will possess combined annual capacity to produce 500 megawatts (MW) of solar modules — enough to create 3.5-kilowatt (kW) solar-electric generating systems for 142,000 homes per year.

The company will invest an estimated 30 billion yen (about US$250 million) in plant and equipment during the course of the expansion effort, both at these module manufacturing sites and at its solar cell production center in Yohkaichi, Japan.

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