Foxconn gets 350MW SunEdison deal

PV developer SunEdison will contract production of up to 350MW of modules to Foxconn, as the company best known for assembling the Apple iPhone continues its move into solar.

US-based SunEdison signed a deal with Fox Energy – the solar division of Foxconn – to have the panels made at the latter’s plant in Juarez, Mexico.

Taiwan-based Foxconn – the world’s largest contract-manufacturer of electronics – has made increasing forays into the PV sector over the last few years, until now mainly in China.

Electronics industry analysts say it sees solar as an attractive growth market to compensate for a decline in revenues from its staple business of making consumer technology products, including the iconic iPhone and iPad for Apple.

Foxconn first told shareholders of its solar ambitions in mid-2011, and later that year signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese giant GCL-Poly to co-develop a PV power plant.

Reports in China have linked the company with plans to build up to 1.2GW of cell and module manufacturing capacity.

MEMC subsidiary SunEdison said the link with Fox Energy “will assist  SunEdison in its  global expansion”. The Foxconn unit will produce SunEdison’s Silvantis modules.