Kyocera Building Second Solar Module Plant In Mexico

New facility in Tijuana will quadruple Kyocera’s solar photovoltaic module production capacity to 150 megawatts per year.

SAN DIEGO - Kyocera announced Thursday that it will begin construction on a second solar photovoltaic module manufacturing facility at its Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V division in the Tijuana Industrial Park, Tijuana, Mexico.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on June 6, 2007.

The plant is expected to be completed in early 2008, and will consist of a two-story facility with 223,000 square feet of production space, plus a 28,000-square-foot plant extension connecting the new factory to an existing Kyocera plant.

When fully operational, the additions will more than quadruple Kyocera’s production capacity for solar modules in Tijuana – from a current capacity of 35 megawatts a year to 150 megawatts annually by the end of March 2011.

The additions are part of a four-year plan to expand Kyocera’s global manufacturing capacity for solar modules, which are produced in Mexico, the Czech Republic, China and Japan.

By the end of March 2011, these four sites will have a combined annual capacity to produce 500 megawatts of solar modules.

The company is investing approximately $250 million in its expansion efforts, both at the Mexican module manufacturing sites and at its solar cell production center in Yohkaichi, Japan.
More in Global