Kyocera to develop solar modules for US market

Schwarzenegger says that the move will create jobs "at a time when they are needed most".

Kyocera Solar has said that it will begin manufacturing solar modules in San Diego, California, to meet the US market's demand for clean energy. The company aims for a global production capacity of 1GW of solar cells per year by March 2013.

The company said that 1GW capacity will allow it to supply solar-electric systems for about 285,000 homes each year, thereby helping prevent electricity cost increase and curb acid rain, ozone depletion and rising carbon levels.

Kyocera said that it is expecting to double its production of solar cells in the two fiscal years from 2009 to 2011. In addition to the operations coming to San Diego, the company currently has solar module manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, the Czech Republic and Mexico.

This comes amidst a difficult economic climate for the state of California. It is hoped that the move could galvanise its green economy.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California, said: ''Today's announcement is further proof that California's nation-leading green policies play a vital role in our state's economic success. Even in this recession, green jobs in California have grown, and Kyocera's decision to locate its solar manufacturing operations in San Diego will create even more jobs at a time when they are needed most.''

Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, said: ''The US is experiencing extraordinary growth in its adoption of solar electricity. Kyocera's San Diego plant will provide high-quality, high-efficiency solar modules to serve this expanding market."