04.01.10

Sharp Corp.: Joint Venture Agreement

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Sharp to Sign Joint Venture Agreement for Production of Thin-Film Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Power Generation Business

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Sharp Corporation (hereinafter “Sharp”), Enel Green Power*1 (hereinafter “EGP”), and ST Microelectronics*2 (hereinafter “STM”) today signed a joint venture agreement for the production of thin-film solar cells. On the same day, Sharp and EGP signed a joint venture agreement for independent power producer business (IPP*3).

Europe, January 4th 2010. After the approval of the EU Commission concerning the joint ventures for production and power generation businesses, the three companies will establish joint venture companies respectively by the end of March 2010.

Sharp, EGP and STM will first establish a joint venture company for solar cell production and then start the production of thin-film solar cells from the beginning of 2011, by utilizing the existing facility of STM in Catania Province, Sicily Region, Italy. The thin-film solar cell plant will start operation with an initial annual production capacity of 160MW, which is scheduled to be expanded to an annual production capacity of 480MW in the future. In addition to financing from the banks, this project will be funded by investments from each company of approximately 70 million euros each. The thin-film solar cells produced in this plant will be marketed mainly in Europe and the Mediterranean area through the sales networks of Sharp and EGP.

For the IPP business, Sharp and EGP will establish a joint venture company, ES Solar Farms S.r.l. (hereinafter “ESSF”). The two companies will establish power generation plants with a total power generation capacity of more than 500MW by the end of December 2016. ESSF will use the thin-film solar cells produced by the joint venture plant, and extend its power business to Mediterranean countries including Italy, France, Spain and Greece.

Thin-film solar cells are especially suitable for large scale photovoltaic power generation, especially in Mediterranean areas including Southern Europe. As compared to silicon type solar cells, the thin-film solar cells are able to maintain their conversion efficiency even in hot climates.

Through collaboration with a power company, Sharp aims to become a total solution company in the photovoltaic field, initiating the world’s first business model extending from thin-film solar cell production to IPP business.


Overview of Joint Venture Company for Thin-film Solar Cell Production

?        Company Location                                        Catania Province, Sicily Region, Italy
?        Investment ratio                                             Sharp 33.3%, EGP 33.3%,STM 33.3%
?        Location of the thin-film solar cell plant         Catania Province, Sicily Region, Italy
?        Start of the operation                                     Beginning of 2011
?        Production item                                              Thin-film solar cells
?        Annual Production Capacity                          160MW (initial phase)


Overview of Joint Venture Company for Power Generation Business

?        Company Name                                            ES Solar Farms S.r.l.
?        Location                                                         Rome, Italy
?        Investment ratio                                             EGP 50%, Sharp 40%, Sharp Electronics (Italia) S.p.A. *4 10%
?        Location of the power generation plant         Mediterranean area including Italy,
                                                                  France, Spain and Greece
?        Power generation capability                          Total of more than 500MW by the end of December 2016

 

*1 Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company dedicated to developing and managing worldwide energy generation from renewable sources in Italy and abroad.

 

*2 STMicroelectronics is one of the leading semiconductor manufacturers in Europe. It was formed as a result of the merger between SGS Microelettronica (Italy) and Thomson Semiconducteurs (France).

 

*3 An Independent Power Producer owns facilities to generate electric power for sales to utilities and end users.

 

*4 Sharp Electronics (Italia) S.p.A. is Sharp’s sales subsidiary in Italy.type in both professional monitors and LCD-TVs for home use.



Further information available at www.sharp-world.com.


Environmental activities
With its global environment strategy, Sharp has made environmental protection an integral part of its corporate culture. What we call the Sharp Super Green Strategy covers the production of energy-saving and energy-generating products in ecologically advanced plants, along with responsible recycling. One of the company's main aims on the road to becoming an "environmentally advanced company" is to significantly reduce both direct and indirect CO² emissions in our operations and products. Throughout the world, Sharp has defined environmental standards that apply to all our plants and products, and these are being continuously revised and dynamically improved.
You can find more information about Sharp's environmental activities on the Sharp Green Site at www.sharp.de/green_site.

 

Susanne Kerstan

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Mail:   S.Kerstan@faktor3.de
 

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