PV High Technology
The production of solar modules unlike the production of cell phones is a high end technology. For cell phones most of the essential investments are made in the further development of applications, while the actual manufacturing is no longer a big challenge. Due to the significant share of labour costs, manufacturers like Apple relocate their production into low-wage-countries like China.
Photovoltaic manufacturing is completely different and requires continuous research to improve their energy output over many years. While in today’s throw-away society cell phones tend to end up in the garbage after 2 or 3 years, solar modules have to last and work for over 25 years in all weathers. The highest level of production quality is necessary to stand up to these requirements.