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Sharp expands UK solar cell production to 500 MW

Sharp Corporation is doubling its annual production capacity for crystalline solar cell modules to 500 MW at Sharp Manufacturing Company of U.K. (SUKM).

SUKM’s solar cell production capacity will be gradually increased, starting December 2010, from the current level of 250 MW per year to 500 MW by February 2011. The capital investment will be around JPY4 billion

Sharp says it is currently expanding its solar cell business in both crystalline solar cells and thin-film solar cells. Sharp is also pushing forward with a ‘local production for local consumption’ approach in order to increase cost competitiveness and shorten delivery times of its solar cells.

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