KYOTO, JAPAN: Kyocera Corp. has recently completed construction of a new solar cell manufacturing plant; further increasing the company's production capacity to meet the growing demand for solar energy products in the global market and contributing to the company's expanded annual production target of 1 gigawatt (GW) by March 2013. The new facility becomes the largest Kyocera Group manufacturing plant in Japan — located in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture.
The new plant becomes Kyocera's second solar cell manufacturing plant along with the company's Shiga Yohkaichi Plant. The new Yasu Plant employs an enhanced manufacturing line, which increases productivity by 20 percent compared with the Yohkaichi Plant.
The main product to be manufactured at the Yasu Plant is the company's newly enhanced cell with an average energy conversion efficiency of 16.9 percent. These cells are used in the company's 215-watt solar module — one of solar energy industry's top power output levels — which is slated for sales to the global market.
Location: Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan (within the KYOCERA Corp. Shiga Yasu Office grounds)
Building area: 12,738.55m² (6 floors: 90×130m)
Floor area: 68,151.88m²
Operation schedule: June 2010
Production base: Multicrystalline silicon photovoltaic cells