Taiwan: AUO subsidiary to install 300 MW solar wafer plant

The AUO Optronics subsidiary held a groundbreaking ceremony today, to mark the first phase of construction. Located on around three hectares in the country’s Chungkang Export Processing Zone, the facility is expected to cover a total of 8.5 hectares when completed.

Equipment is scheduled to be moved in this August, while mass production is planned for the fourth quarter of this year. The first-phase capacity of multicrystalline ingots and wafers is expected to achieve 300 MW. This will, however, increase if there is enough market demand.

In a statement, the company added: "ACC will integrate research and development resources and technologies in the upstream of the solar industry to provide stable solar materials. It will also devise mid- to long-term marketing strategies to meet the demands of the global solar market. Through the vertical integration of the solar supply chain, ACC will be able to provide customers with a full line of products and better services and support."

AUO chairman K.Y. Lee and ACC chairman Max Cheng attended the groundbreaking ceremony, along side Director Mau-Shin Hsiu of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs’ (MOEA’s) Chungkang Export Processing Zone Administration.