Pana­sonic to pro­duce more so­lar cells


As per a re­cent an­nounce­ment, Pana­sonic Cor­po­ra­tion will boost pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of so­lar cells and mod­ules for its so­lar pan­els, HITTM at its two do­mes­tic plants. The com­pany will in­vest 9.5 bil­lion yen to ex­pand pro­duc­tion lines at the Shi­mane fac­tory, which pro­duces so­lar cells, and at the Shiga fac­tory, a mod­ule pro­duc­tion site. The ex­pan­sion is ex­pected to add a com­bined pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 150 MW a year, lift­ing Pana­sonic’s to­tal so­lar mod­ule pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of HITTM to more than 1 GW by March 2016, in­clud­ing that of man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Kedah, Malaysia, and Nishiki­no­hama, Osaka, in ad­di­tion to the two do­mes­tic fac­to­ries.

Ja­pan’s so­lar power mar­ket has been grow­ing since the in­tro­duc­tion of feed-in tar­iffs. In the residential and non-residential rooftop so­lar mar­kets, strong de­mand is ex­pected to con­tinue, helped by gov­ern­ment-led ef­forts to pro­mote the adop­tion of zero-net energy houses and build­ings, along with lo­cal gov­ern­ments’ mea­sures to sup­port so­lar power. In other Asian coun­tries, as well as Europe and the United States, the residential rooftop mar­kets are also ex­pected to re­main solid.

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