The Yasu plant employs an enhanced manufacturing line, which increases productivity by 20% compared with the Yohkaichi plant. The main product to be manufactured at the Yasu plant is the company’s newly enhanced cell with an average energy conversion efficiency of 16.9%. These cells are used in Kyocera’s 215W solar module.

With the new plant and existing Yohkaichi plant, Kyocera plans to increase production volume, targeting 1GW of annual production by March 2013. The company will also continue to increase its solar module assembly capacity to meet the demands of the market.

Tetsuo Kuba, president of Kyocera, said: “Together with the existing plant at Yohkaichi, the new Yasu Plant will be Kyocera’s core production site for solar cells. In addition to mass-producing cells with Kyocera’s highest conversion efficiency, the new plant will also undertake R&D activities for next-generation cell technology.”