Tokyo, February 1, 2012, Solar Frontier announced today that the United States Ambassador to Japan, Mr. John Roos, visited the company’s gigawatt-scale Kunitomi production facility in Miyazaki, Japan. The Ambassador, hosted by Showa Shell Sekiyu Chairman, Shigeya Kato, toured the factory and spent time talking to staff at the factory. This comes after the recent news that Solar Frontier will supply its solar modules for the world’s largest CIS solar power plant, the Catalina Solar Project located in Kern County, California.
Shigeya Kato said, “It was an honor to host Ambassador Roos at our facility. The United States is an important market for Solar Frontier, and we are involved in a number of projects there already, including the world’s largest CIS installation in California, announced recently. We hope to continue supplying customers in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world with our advanced CIS solar solutions.”
Solar Frontier’s gigawatt-scale Kunitomi factory became Japan’s largest solar module production facility in July, 2011, when it started full commercial operations. The facility is unparalleled for its combination of advanced automation, scale, and low-energy, end-to-end processing of CIS modules, and supplies customers and projects worldwide. Solar Frontier’s partnerships with major companies around the world like Albatech, Balticsolar, BELECTRIC, enXco, GE, Granite Construction, HopSol, juwi and MHH Solartechnik demonstrate a strong global distribution and solutions network that delivers high performance CIS modules to customers in the utility, commercial and residential markets.
Solar Frontier’s modules deliver compelling economics, energy conversion efficiency, and overall power output (kWh) in real-world operating conditions. The “light soaking” effect of CIS modules significantly increases output from initial values, while a lower temperature coefficient than crystalline silicon means more kWh produced under real conditions in hotter climates. Solar Frontier’s modules are also ecologically compelling, with lower overall energy consumption in the manufacturing process to yield one of the fastest energy payback times in the solar industry.
Source: Solar Frontier