Increased demand from Japan following the introduction of a new feed-in tariff last year and conservative capacity expansions over several years mean that Kyocera’s module assembly plant in the Czech Republic is now operating at full capacity, the company has revealed.
Strong demand caused by high tariff rates and a renewed focus on the Japanese market by all domestic module producers has been a welcome boost, especially considering waning European markets and highly competitive prices which hit Japanese producers hard.
“The future of our solar module plant in Kadan [Czech Republic] is secure,” said the European President of Kyocera, Shigeru Koyama.
The company hinted that further expansion of capacity at the plant would be necessary, yet did not provide further details.
Originally, the plant was established in 2005 with a nameplate module capacity of 360 MW.
In 2010, Kyocera had a solar cell nameplate capacity of 300MW in Japan, increasing capacity to 600MW by the end of the first quarter of 2012.