Solar Assembly Operations at Sharp Manufacturing Company Creates Hundreds of Clean Tech Jobs Inside and Outside the Factory


MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 30, 2012Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of solar modules, is commemorating the production of the three millionth solar module at its assembly operation at Sharp Manufacturing Company of America (SMCA) in Memphis, Tennessee.  Since coming online in 2003, the facility’s production capacity has increased tremendously, and its manufacturing staff has doubled to 400 in the past four years.  The solar manufacturing facility assembles a variety of modules for residential, commercial and utility-scale installations. 

“Sharp is very proud to reach a milestone of this magnitude,” said Mr. Toshiyuki Osawa, chairman, Sharp Electronics Corporation. “Having the three millionth panel roll off of the production lines here in Memphis, Tennessee, is a testament to the growing demand for solar electricity, and our steadfast dedication to growing the solar electricity market. This is a tremendous achievement for Sharp and the entire clean tech sector.” 

Sharp’s Memphis facility has produced enough solar modules to fully power more than 100,000 total average-sized homes, with clean, renewable solar energy. This saves nearly 18 million metric tons of CO2 per year.  Sharp partners with Tennessee suppliers for materials used to turn 180,000 solar cells that arrive every morning into approximately 3,000 solar panels that ship out at the end of every day. 

“We share this achievement with our customers - some of the finest dealers, installers, businesses and government organizations in the nation,” said T.C. Jones, vice president of human resources and general affairs, Sharp Manufacturing Company of America.  “Our customers are creating jobs by hiring electricians, roofers, and other labor to install our high-quality solar modules, thus driving local economies while helping to build the nation’s renewable energy portfolio.”

Sharp celebrates its 100th anniversary and 50 years in solar energy this year—more than any other solar company in the world.  It has grown its presence in the U.S., supplying the solar modules that power thousands of residential, governmental, commercial and utility-scale solar electricity systems throughout the country.   Its roster of notable commercial solar installations includes systems at Agricenter in Memphis, Tennessee; American Drive Business Center in Jackson, Tennessee; FedEx’s hub in Oakland, California; Google’s corporate campus in Mountain View, California; Patagonia’s headquarters in Ventura, California; and the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.

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