Policy & Market


Japan's Kyocera to manufacture solar modules in US

Japan’s Kyocera Solar says it aims to start manufacturing solar modules in San Diego, California for the US market at a new plant that will initially produce 30-megawatts (MW) per year - as part of a surge in expansion of its output .

The move is part of Kyocera's push to produce 1-gigawatt (GW) of solar cells per year globally by March 2013.

Solar module manufacturing will begin in San Diego at Kyocera's Balboa Avenue facility during the first half of 2010.

"The US is experiencing extraordinary growth in its adoption of solar electricity," says Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar.

Kyocera plans to double its production of solar cells in the two fiscal years from 2009 to 2011. The company currently has solar module manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, the Czech Republic and Mexico.

In February Kyocera unveiledplans to build a new solar module manufacturing plant in China’s Tianjin City. Construction of the Chinese plant will begin in April, with completion scheduled for the spring of 2010.

But the US move is "further proof that California's nation-leading green policies play a vital role in our state's economic success," says California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Kyocera's decision to locate its solar manufacturing operations in San Diego will create even more jobs at a time when they are needed most."