Wednesday, February 20, 2008

First Solar sees lower costs from Malaysian plant, Q-Cells Agrees (FSLR; QCLSF.PK)

From Reuters:
Thin-film solar maker First Solar (FSLR.O: Quote) expects its new production plant in Malaysia to cut production costs by about 20 cents per watt when it comes on line later this year....MORE

Saddle up, it's off to Kuala.
From EastDay (Shanghai Daily):

German solar cell producer Q- Cells AG has announced plans to invest in a production plant in Malaysia next year, local media reported today.
The company plans to build a major manufacturing complex for photovoltaic products in Malaysia, its first in Asia, Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz said at a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

"The setting up of such a solar cell and modules plant will contribute towards the government's initiatives in the creation of a solar industry cluster in the country," the New Straits Times quoted Rafidah as saying.

Q-Cells was expected to invest more than 1 billion ringgit (310. US$56 million) between 2009 and 2010 in the first phase of the manufacturing complex, Malaysian Industrial Development Authority director-general R. Karunakaran said....MORE