A new factory in North Wales could give the solar energy market in the UK the impetus it needs. The Sharp Corporation, the world’s major producer of photovoltaic (PV) products, initially expected that the new Wrexham plant would turn out PV panels for residential and commercial installations at a rate of 20 MW worth per year. But orders quickly exceeded output and the company announced that it would be doubling it’s capacity. The company’s production facility at Nara in Japan has nearly eight times Wrexham’s capacity – but it’s rapid success here has made the UK renewables sector sit up and take notice. Although most of it the companies production is destined for Europe, it regards the increased interest as a clear sign that the UK is switching on to solar energy in a big way.
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