Jobs boost as 300 created in North Wales

300 new jobs will be created at the biggest solar panel manufacturer in Europe - Sharp at their North Wales plant.

The company has announced it will expand production in Wrexham and will employ 1100 staff in total.

It means the factory will almost double the number of solar panels it produces every day.

Andrew Lee, head of international sales for Sharp, said:

"This job creation proves that there is an appetite for solar technology in the UK and that this sector has huge growth potential, bucking the trend in the wider economy."

Sharp said a scheme which allows the public to sell electricity they don't use has given a "shot in the arm" to the solar industry.

Chris Huhne, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said:

"This is excellent news for the solar industry and for Sharp, which shows that green growth is a vital part of our economic recovery.

"Since feed in tariffs began, the scheme has stimulated a market in solar panels which has seen around 19,000 installed to date."