AUO SunPower plant in Melaka to generate 1,400 megawatts annually of solar cells in 2013

ALOR GAJAH, Wednesday 15 December 2010 (Bernama) -- Melaka-based AUO SunPower Corporation Sdn Bhd (AUO SunPower) is expected to generate more than 1,400 megawatts annually of high-efficency solar cells when fully completed in 2013.

Its Chief Executive Officer Thomas H.Werner said, the factory here, is one of the biggest and greenest in the world.

It has been in operation since October this year with a 60 percent capacity and will produce 400 million high-efficiency solar cells annually when fully ramped.

"AUO SunPower is a joint venture between Sunpower Corporation and AUO, a Taiwan-based entity," he said, when speaking to reporters at a media conference after the opening of the plant by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here this evening.

Also present was Melaka Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The first phase infrastructure of the fabrication plant was completed at a cost of US$600 million and employs more than 1,100 workers.

The company is expected to invest another US$600 million for the second phase of development, to begin next year, on the 51.2-hectare site.

SunPower Corporation is based in San Jose, California in the United States and is among the top five companies in the world with an expected US$2 billion revenue this year.

AUO SunPower's export market comprises Italy, Germany and France – the biggest solar panel users in the world.

The plant in Melaka has been recognised by the International Energy Agency for energy efficient design with one of the largest rainwater retention ponds in Malaysia.

MySinchew 2010.12.16