SANYO Commences Operation of the New Shiga Factory for Solar Module Production
Responding to expected growth in domestic market demand
Tokyo, August 5, 2008 ---- SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) announces that it has completed construction of the Shiga Plant at its Shiga facilities (Ohtsu City, Shiga Prefecture) which was constructed for the assembly of HIT solar cell modules as part of continuing plans to expand and develop its Solar business.
The Shiga Plant will have an initial production capacity of 40 MW, and SANYO will consider expanding the production capacity of the factory upon further review of market trends and demand.
SANYO currently produces HIT solar cells at two factories, a t the Nishikinohama Factory (Kaizuka City, Osaka) and Shimane SANYO Electric Co. (Unnan City, Shimane Prefecture). The modules, or panels, are then assembled at two domestic facilities (Nishikinohama Factory and the Tokyo Plant) and two overseas facilities (Hungary and Monterrey (Mexico) Factories). With the new operation at the Shiga Plant which will be one of the major bases for module production, SANYO will respond to domestic market demands, including increases in demand in the future.
Outline of the Solar Business Shiga Factory
Factory address: 1-1-1, Seta, Ohtsu City, Shiga Prefecture
Building area: 7000m2 (new factory area)
Production capacity: Annual capacity of 40MW (FY2008)
Investment amount: Approx. 2 billion yen
Ancillary facilities: Solar power generation system 50kW
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