MALAYSIA ASIA PV/SOLAR MANUFACTURING HUB

Malaysia: The Malaysian Government officially launched their GREEN Technology Policy in July 2009 to encourage and promote the use of renewable energy for Malaysia‘s future sustainable development. By 2015, about 1 GW must come from Renewable Energy Sources according to the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KETHHA).

By 2020, solar PV alone will contribute to 1.25GW of grid under the National Economic Transformation Programme. The Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA) proposed a five-year programme to increase the share of electricity generated by photovoltaic systems to 1.5 % of the national demand by 2015. This would translate into 200 MW grid-connected and 22 MW of grid systems.

Pusat Tenaga Malaysia (PTM) and its IEA international consultant estimated that 6,500 MW power can be generated by using 40 % of the nation’s house roof tops (2.5 million houses) and 5 % of commercial buildings alone. SunPower and AU Optronics have begun the construction of a new solar photo voltaic production facility, which will generate 1,400 MWs. The facility will be completed by 2013 and the installed capacity will be 28 solar production lines. IRM Group subsidiary IRM Solar Sdn Bhd, following the Feed-In Approval it received from the Sustainable Energy Development Authority for the installation of 5.0MW capacity at Padang Besar. The FiT for IRM Solar will commence from 9 April 2013, and will be provided for the next 21 years.

Twin Creeks Technologies wants to increase production to 100MW by opting for a joint venture in Malaysia to build production facilities. Twin Creeks has released a new product that slices polysilicon with an ion cannon to one-tenth of the thickness of today’s wafers.

Panasonic has unveiled plans for a 45bn yen ($580m), 300MW PV production plant in Malaysia, adding to the Southeast Asian nation's growing status as a solar manufacturing hub. The Japanese electronics giant says the vertically-integrated production facility will turn out wafers, cells and modules when it begins operation in December 2012. Panasonic adds to a growing list of world-class PV companies with production in Malaysia.

US thin-film giant First Solar has six plants operating in Kulim with a total 1.5GW capacity.

Germany’s Bosch announced in June that it will spend 520m ($748m) building its own integrated PV manufacturing plant in Malaysia.