Solar panel manufacturer Sharp is creating 300 new jobs at its European manufacturing plant in Wrexham, North Wales.
The new jobs followed the extension of production facilities at the factory and took the total number of employees to 1,100. Sharp had invested in excess of over £20 million in the factory.
Sharp said it would now almost double its annual production capacity to 500 MW per year by March 11 – enough to power 170,000 homes in the UK, and 3,000 more panels would be produced each day.
Sharp’s head of international sales Andrew Lee said the job creation proved there was an appetite for solar technology in the UK and that the sector had “huge growth potential”.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said it was “excellent news for the solar industry and for Sharp, which shows that green growth is a vital part of our economic recovery”.