Renewable Energy: Solar panel manufacturer invest £30m into UK market

Sharp are doubling the capacity of their UK manufacturing of solar photo voltaic panels in Wrexham and investing £30m to add new production lines so they can meet demand.

“This time last year 99 percent of the modules that we manufactured at Wrexham were exported to Europe and that has already dropped to 90 percent,” Andrew Lee, General Manager of Sharp Solar told Reuters.

“The feed-in tariff has given confidence to manufacturers like ourselves to invest.”

The plant currently employs 750 people and Sharp will add an extra four production lines to take capacity up to 500 Megawatts by Feb. 2011.

James Eades

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