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Kyocera to make photovoltaic modules in North America

Posted: 13 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar photovoltaic module? pv?

Kyocera Solar Inc. will begin large scale assembly of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules at its maquiladora facility in Tijuana, Mexico this Fall, and establish a regional office in San Diego for solar system engineering and marketing.

Kyocera Solar, a subsidiary of Japan-based Kyocera Corp., is scaling up photovoltaic module production as growing interest in solar energy as an energy source is gaining the attention of leading electronics companies. Last week, Sharp Electronics Corp. introduced several lighting products that combine solar cells and light emitting diodes. Another supplier, STMicroelectronics, is conducting research on inexpensive solar cells that would cut the cost of generating electricity.

Kyocera's Tijuana facility will produce photovoltaic modules ranging from 35- to 190W, with a planned production capacity of 35MW per year. This facility will eventually produce all of the PV modules Kyocera sells in the Americas.

"The partnership between Kyocera's global solar group and our Tijuana maquiladora operations will help to make clean, reliable solar energy systems more widely available for businesses and homeowners throughout the Americas," stated Rodney N. Lanthorne, director of Kyocera Corp. and president of Kyocera International Inc., in a statement.

Kyocera Solar Inc. will continue integrating PV systems out of its facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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