The Japanese technology company Kyocera is looking to the future of solar power with optimism. The company’s European–based solar module assembly plant in Kadan, Czech Republic, is currently operating at full capacity — and there are plans for further expansion. The ‘made in Europe’ modules being produced here are helping to meet booming demand in Asia, among other places. In particular, high feed-in tariff rates are making Japan one of the most attractive countries for the solar industry.

The future markets for solar module manufacturers include the USA, Japan and Asia. Following the catastrophic disaster in Fukushima and subsequent shutdown of nuclear power plants throughout Japan, the solar industry is now rapidly growing in the ‘land of the rising sun.’ Kyocera is utilizing the capacity of its European solar module plant in the Czech Republic to serve the Asian market, among other regions. Moreover, the European plant will need to be expanded even further to satisfy the increasing demand for complete energy systems. “The future of our solar module plant in Kadan is secure,” says the European President of Kyocera, Shigeru Koyama.