SANYO Celebrates Grand Opening of New Monterrey Solar Module Assembly Manufacturing Plant with Ceremony
SANYO Energy, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO), has officially opened and started production in Monterrey. The plant, located in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, will be assembling SANYO’s patented HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer) solar modules. SANYO’s HIT solar cells and modules have the world’s highest solar light to electric energy conversion efficiency per installed square foot. SANYO Energy will be producing at a capacity of 50-Megawatts annually, with the assembled panels to be used in installations in North America, including the United States.
SANYO is augmenting its facilities with the necessary equipment and construction of new facilities for future growth in response to market demand, moving forward to reach goals set for an annual global production capacity of at least 600 MW by FY 2010.
SANYO began researching and developing amorphous solar cells in 1975 and was the world’s first to commercialize amorphous-type solar cell production in 1980. In 1997, SANYO started mass production and sales of its world-leading conversion efficiency HIT solar cells. SANYO currently manufactures silicon ingot and wafers in the US, the solar cells are made in Japan, with module assembly plants located in Mexico, Hungary and Japan.