Chinese photovoltaics company LONGi Green Energy Technology Co is setting up a solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility in Malaysian with an investment of MYR 1.8 billion ($380 million).

LONGi said in a statement on Tuesday that the firm has officially launched the first phase of its Serendah Module Plant in Malaysia.

Located in Serendah, Selangor state on Malaysia’s west coast, this facility is an integral part of LONGi ‘s manufacturing strategy in the country.

According to the statement, the commencement of operations at the LONGi Serendah Module Plant symbolizes the completion of a holistic photovoltaic industry chain in Malaysia. This marks a pivotal moment in LONGi’s global endeavors.

The 140-acre module factory represents LONGi ‘s inaugural manufacturing presence in West Malaysia.

The facility boasts cutting-edge technology and equipment from the contemporary photovoltaic sector.

It’s slated for a two-phase construction, with a combined capacity of 8.8GW (2.8GW in the first phase and 6GW in the second).

With the first phase now operational, the second phase has already been initiated.

Presently, the Serendah Module Plant has generated roughly 900 local employment opportunities, a number anticipated to exceed 2,000 in the coming times

Bahria, a representative of the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry, emphasized Malaysia’s steadfast commitment to sustainable growth.

“We envision Malaysia as a central hub for global trade and industry, fostering an environment that champions innovation, sustainable expansion, and technological prowess,

“Today’s inauguration of the LONGi Serendah Module Plant is a testament to our collaborative strides with LONGi towards achieving sustainable development. With the global photovoltaic market poised for significant growth, Malaysia stands at the cusp of green revitalization – a fact that fills us with immense pride,” she said.

Since venturing overseas in 2015 and establishing a foothold in Malaysia in 2016, LONGi has sequentially launched operations in silicon rod, wafer, cell, and module manufacturing in Kuching and Bintulu, Sarawak.

Their first international base, located in Kuching, is also the world’s premiere vertically integrated monocrystalline silicon solar manufacturing unit.

To date, LONGi ‘s investments in Malaysia have reached a commendable MYR 5.4 billion ringgit ($1.14 billion).

Emphasizing localized growth, LONGi ‘s workforce in Malaysia has burgeoned from an initial 570 to over 8,000 in 2023.

“After marking our presence in East Malaysia, we’re now setting our sights on West Malaysia, with the new facility in Serendah, Selangor,

“Beyond bolstering the local economy, this venture will also significantly aid Malaysia in its pursuit of sustainable development goals and in its ambition to lead decarbonization efforts in the Asia-Pacific,” said Li Wenxue, Vice President of LONGi.

Recognizing Malaysia’s robust international logistics, talented workforce, and a government that’s resolutely pro-sustainability, he said the firm has also resolved to set up LONGi’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

“This will synergize with our Malaysian production base, further augmenting LONGi ‘s brand resonance in the region,” he added.

Founded in 2000, LONGi is a solar technology company focusing on scenario energy transformation.

The firm has established five business sectors, covering mono silicon wafers cells and modules, commercial and industrial distributed solar solutions, green energy solutions and hydrogen equipment.

The company has honed its capabilities to provide green energy and has more recently, also embraced green hydrogen products and solutions to support global zero carbon development.

As a forerunner in the global green energy realm, LONGi said it is unwavering in its commitment to technological innovation.

The company aspires to spearhead the solar photovoltaic industry’s evolution, fostering a green global energy shift and aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

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