Sharp UK plant 'near capacity'

Workers at Sharp's module plant in Wales.

Workers at Sharp's module plant in Wales.

Less than a year after rumours suggested Sharp was considering shutting its 400MW PV factory in the UK for good, the company has said it is running the plant at “near maximum capacity”.

While admitting that at least some of the output is being shipped to the booming Japanese market, Sharp adds that it sees “continuous demand” in Europe, particularly in the residential rooftop segment.

The Japanese electronics giant is benefiting from its apparently prescient decision to slice against the industry’s grain a few years ago and open a module-assembly plant in Wrexham, Wales, where it also runs a training academy for UK installers.

In the past year the UK has emerged as a top-10 global solar market, with more than 800MW installed during the first Log in to read complete article.

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