Sanyo Electric is, no doubt, a leader in the solar cell industry. The company just opened a new production base in Shiga, Japan. Annual capacity is expected to reach 40MW by March of 2009. Adding in its Tokyo plant, Nishikinohama plant, Hungary plant and Mexico plant, total production will reach 340MW.
It’s not enough. Sanyo wants production to reach 600MW by March 2011 (Japan’s fiscal year ends in March). By 2020, Sanyo wants to roll out 4GW per year. Japan’s Shiga plant is a module plant, meaning it can grow as demand grows…and we do hope that there is a demand for more solar power in the future, don’t we?
And, if you don’t want to pay out the gazoo for Japan’s expertise, efficiency and quality, there are always Beer Bottles to use fo Solar Water Heating.