Sanyo doubling solar panel capacity

Sanyo Electric plans to double production capacity of solar panels at its Shiga Prefecture site, hoping to tap demand spurred by government subsidies.

August 19, 2009 –  Sanyo Electric plans to double production capacity of solar panels at its Shiga Prefecture site, hoping to tap demand spurred by government subsidies, notes the Nikkei daily. Construction on a new ¥4.2B (US ~$44M) building — including equipment — will begin in the next fiscal year (April) and start operations a year later, eventually ramping to full capacity of 100,000kw of panels, boosting the Shiga plant’s total output to 200,000kw and its global production capacity by 30% to 450,000kw.

Sanyo’s panels assembled domestically mostly are sold in Japan, but the company sells roughly two-thirds of its panels overseas, and its footprint for solar panels is truly global, the paper notes. Besides a second solar panel assembly site in Osaka, it produces cells at the Osaka site and at subsidiary Shimane Sanyo Electric; in June the firm said it would boost Shimane’s output by nearly 70% to 220,000kw, and build a new cell factory in Osaka. Meanwhile, European sales are sourced by assembly at a facility in Hungary, and North American assembly is through a plant in Mexico.

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