China's Comtec Solar Group has identified opportunities in Sarawak to establish a RM1.2 billion (US$378 million) solar wafer manufacturing plant there that is set to become one of the biggest mono solar wafer manufacturing facilities in the world.
The plant will be located on 40 acres of land in Sama Jaya Industrial Park within
the Sama Jaya Free Industrial Zone, developed by the state government to cater for
the high-technology industry and provide employment for local graduates.
The facility is targeted to produce an annual capacity of one gigawatt of N-type
mono solar wafer. The wafers are used specifically for very-high cell efficiencies,
offering advanced cell designs and higher efficiency gains. The International Technology
Roadmap for Photovoltaics, which provides data on the photovoltaics industry, expects
N-type mono solar wafers to account for over 30% of monocrystalline wafer production
“Before we decided to choose Sarawak, we reviewed a number of location options
worldwide. We were impressed with Kuching’s well-established solar manufacturing
base, experienced workforce and its attractive power supply infrastructure facilities,”
said John Zhang, Chairman of Comtec.
Comtec officiated ground breaking for its Sama Jaya plant in June 2013 and expects
to complete construction of the facility by the end of the year. The plant will
begin production in the first quarter of 2014.
A leading global solar silicon ingots and N-type wafer manufacturer, Comtec saw
Sarawak as an ideal location for its plant due to factors such as established infrastructure,
transparent policies, ethical practices, production cost, geographic location and
Comtec’s presence in Malaysia is also expected to provide a boost to the country’s
solar technology and clean energy industry. “Our particular global industry
is very demanding and I am also certain that Comtec’s investment will also
promote a new chain of supply and service partners, which will benefit the state
“I am confident that Comtec will be a highly successful contributor to the
Malaysian economy and am looking forward to a long and stable relationship with
Malaysia,” said Zhang.