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Chip shortage forces Panasonic to cut output of home solar panel part

Renesas fire disrupts supply of semiconductors for power conditioners

Panasonic is the leading supplier of power conditioners for home solar cells in Japan. (Photo by Koji Uema)

OSAKA/TOKYO -- Panasonic will soon halt production of a key component for rooftop solar cells due to the global supply crunch for semiconductors.

In late June, Panasonic sent client companies a notice that supplies will be delayed for power conditioners used in residential solar systems. The electronics giant is expected to suspend production for a number of products starting as soon as this month.

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