Sharp expands Wales photovoltaic solar plant

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced that Sharp Manufacturing U.K. will invest $56 million (35 million pounds) in its Wrexham, Wales, solar manufacturing plant.

(December 3, 2010 – BUSINESS WIRE) — The Welsh Assembly Government has announced that Sharp Manufacturing U.K. will invest $56 million (35 million pounds) in its Wrexham, Wales, solar manufacturing plant.

Three new assembly lines will be created as a result of this new investment, which will double the company’s production capacity of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to 500 MW. The company currently employs 750 at the site, and is planning to hire several hundred additional workers.

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Geraint Jones, Head of The Americas for the Welsh Assembly Government, cited Wales’ tech-savvy workforce and government support for business, as well as proximity to the pan-European solar market, as reasons for the expansion.

This month, Sharp is also launching a new renewable energy academy at its Wales facility, to train workers to install solar panels that will power homes and businesses.

The Wales plant opened in 2004 with an annual capacity of 20 MW, and has continued to expand since.

Sharp is one of the world’s largest producers of photovoltaic panels. Learn more at http://www.sharpmanufacturing.co.uk/sukm.

For more information about Wales in the UK, visit http://www.ibwales.com.

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