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Comtec lights up solar technology in Sarawak

Comtec lights up solar technology in Sarawak

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 by 2023.

“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 encouraging investments.

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 and country.

“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.

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