Sharp Electronics Enters U.S. Solar PV Market

In May, Sharp Electronics announced plans to enter the U.S. market offering solar cells, modules and systems manufactured at their Japanese factories. The company’s new Solar Systems Division, based in Huntington Beach, California, wasted little time getting into the game, signing an agreement that same month with its first distributor Energy Outfitters of Grants Pass, OR. The entrance of Sharp into the market got the attention of PV companies in an already competitive U.S. market. Sharp initially denied reports of plans to build a module fabrication plant in Tennessee, but ultimately announced those plans in November. Sharp’s entry in to the U.S. PV market has already increased competition and we think will continue to effect the industry significantly in 2003 and beyond.

Key related stories from 2002: Sharp Establishes U.S. Solar Systems Division – 5/2/2002 Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan, has established a new division to make Sharp¹s solar cells, modules and systems available in North America. Energy Outfitters to Distribute Sharp Modules – 5/28/2002 Energy Outfitters Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Sharp Electronics Corporation to become one of the first Sharp Solar System Division’s distributors in the United States. Sharp Solar to Manufacture Modules in US – 11/13/2002 Anticipating significant growth in the U.S. solar energy market, Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan, will establish a manufacturing facility for solar products in the United States.
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