Panasonic Begins Solar Panel Production in Malaysia
Dec 20, 2012
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Panasonic Corp. started production at its newly built solar module facility in Malaysia.
The factory in Kulim Hi-Tech Park in the northwestern state of Kedah will have annual production capacity of 300 MW. The plant will help Panasonic meet robust demand for solar in Japan and will enhance cost competitiveness.
It is the company's first fully integrated solar manufacturing base, producing wafers to solar cells and module. This strengthens cost competitiveness by reducing transportation costs. The plant also makes use of local materials.
Panasonic expects the global solar market to grow further with increasing environmental awareness and the introduction of stimulus measures such as feed-in tariffs and subsidies in Japan and other countries. It currently manufactures its HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) solar cells at two Japanese plants and has three module assembly bases, two in Japan and one in Hungary. Its total annual production capacity is 600 MW each of cells and modules. The Malaysian factory will boost its total solar module producing capacity by 50% to 900 MW.
Capitalizing on its solar manufacturing capabilities, Panasonic will step up efforts to provide integrated solar solutions combining modules with power conditioners, solar tracker bases, storage batteries and other components to meet the needs of diverse customers and expand its business.
Panasonic sells residential solar power systems around the world, as well as providing technology for utility solar energy collection.
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