Modern factory: The TS Solartech plant in Penang Science Park, Bukit Minyak, Penang, currently employs 40 people.
PENANG-based TS Solartech Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Tek Seng Holdings Bhd, plans to produce up to 640MW of solar cell power a year by 2015.
Its manager Alex Mah Wai Leong said in an interview that 640MW is equivalent to the energy consumed by 128,000 medium-size households or 640 medium-size factories.
“We have so far spent RM120mil for the plant equipped with one production line.
“The plan is to spend another RM480mil to expand and upgrade the plant over the next five years.
“In 2015, we plan to increase the production lines to eight, with an installed production capacity of 640MW,” he said.
Presently, the plant, located in Penang Science Park, Bukit Minyak, is running a 12-hour shift, producing 26,000 pieces of solar cells a day.
“In a couple of months, we will go on a 24-hour shift to produce 52,000 pieces of solar cells a day,” he said.
The company’s solar cells are sold to solar panel manufacturers in the country, of which there are only a handful, and to the overseas market.
Each solar panel uses 60 to 72 solar cells together to form a 230 to 240 watt panel.
The plant uses German solar cell manufacturing technology and multi-crystalline silicon wafer to convert sunlight into energy.