AUO SunPower Solar Cell Fab Dedicated

By Au Optronics Corporation, PRNE
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

AUO Chairman and Malaysian Prime Minister to Inaugurate New Green Building Design

HSINCHU, Taiwan, December 15, 2010 - AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO)
today announced the inauguration of AUO SunPower Sdn. Bhd. ("AUO SunPower")
in Malaysia. The ceremony was attended by AUO Chairman K.Y. Lee, Malaysian
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib, SunPower CEO Tom Werner, and Melaka Chief
Minister Datuk Seri Ali Rustam. The construction of the facility will
continue through 2013 and, when completed, is expected to generate more than
1,400 megawatts annually of high-efficiency solar cells to meet world

AUO SunPower is located in Melaka's "solar valley", south of Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia
. The construction will continue through 2013 and, when
completed, is expected to generate more than 1,400 megawatts annually of
high-efficiency solar cells. The two-building facility will be 108,000 square
meters (more than 1 million square feet), which is approximately the size of
seven U.S. football fields, and will house 28 solar cell production lines
when fully online. In production since October of this year, AUO SunPower has
already produced approximately 5 megawatts with up to 22.5 percent conversion

"We are pleased to dedicate this facility and celebrate the success of
the AUO SunPower joint venture," said K.Y. Lee, Chairman of AUO. "The AUO
SunPower Fab is already in production, benefiting from our leading
manufacturing technology, and efficiently-run global operations and
management. We welcome Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib to our facility today,
and thank him and the Malaysian government for their full support of our
joint venture."

AUO SunPower has been recognized by the International Energy Agency for
its superior energy-efficient design. In addition, it has applied for both
gold and silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certifications for its administration building and cell fab, respectively.
AUO SunPower was engineered with a variety of energy efficient features that
will help increase operations efficiency and cut energy costs. These features

    - Solar covered parking, with the system generating up to 2.6
      megawatts of power;
    - Rooftop solar on all site facilities with systems generating more
      than 10 megawatts of power;
    - Rain water retention ponds for environmental protection and water
    - Improved HVAC cooling and heating systems that offer a much lower
      carbon footprint for a facility of this size and type;
    - 100 percent of the hot water heating capacity is generated by
      heat recovery air compressors;
    - Cooling system efficiency that uses approximately 40 percent less
      electricity compared to typical systems in the Melaka area.

"AUO SunPower will enable us to significantly increase the production of
our high-efficiency solar cells in this state-of-the-art manufacturing
facility," said Tom Werner, SunPower CEO. "Malaysia's investment in the AUO
SunPower joint venture, an excellent talent pool and a positive business
investment climate, has given us the opportunity to significantly expand
solar cell production that will meet the demand for solar worldwide, which
has grown nearly eight fold over the past four years. We appreciate our
partnership with the Malaysian government."

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AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is a global leader of thin film transistor
liquid crystal display panels (TFT-LCD). AUO is able to provide customers
with a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications, offering
TFT-LCD panels in sizes ranging from 1.2 inches to greater than 65 inches.
AUO generated NT$359.3 billion (US$11.2 billion) in sales revenue* in 2009
and now houses a staff of more than 42,000 employees, with global operations
in Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the U.S., and
Europe. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be
successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO extended its
market to the green energy industry in late 2008. The Display and Solar
businesses were established respectively as the Company's two core businesses
in October, 2010. For more information, please visit

* 2009 year end revenue converted at an exchange rate of NTD31.95:USD1.


AUO SunPower is located in Melaka, south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is
the joint venture of AU Optronics Corp. and SunPower Corp., a leading solar
supplier in the United States. AUO SunPower has a capital of approximately
US$700 million which some of funds were contributed and remaining amounts
will be contributed over time, with AUO and SunPower each owning 50% of the


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Safe Harbour Notice

AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), a
global leader of TFT-LCD panels, today announced the above news. Except for
statements in respect of historical matters, the statements contained in this
Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of
the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements were based on our
management's expectations, projections and beliefs at the time regarding
matters including, among other things, future revenues and costs, financial
performance, technology changes, capacity, utilization rates, yields, process
and geographical diversification, future expansion plans and business
strategy. Such forward looking statements are subject to a number of known
and unknown risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including
risks related to the flat panel display industry, the TFT-LCD market,
acceptance of and demand for our products, technological and development
risks, competitive factors, and other risks described in the section entitled
"Risk Factors" in our Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission on May 11th, 2010.

Freda Lee, Corporate Communications Division, AU Optronics Corp. at +886-3-5008800 x3206, +886-3-5772730(FAX) or freda.lee at; Yawen Hsiao, Corporate Communications Division, AU Optronics Corp. at +886-3-5008800 x3211, +886-3-5772730(FAX) or yawen.hsiao at

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