900 MW Japanese thin film plant begins production


According to the company, the 900 megawatt (MW) Kunitomi factory is the largest of its kind. Spread across 158,000 square meters, it opened its doors 16 months after building work commenced, in September, 2009. Between 700 and 800 people are expected to be employed there.

"The Kunitomi plant’s manufacturing processes involve some of the most advanced production automation in the industry (…)," commented Hiroshi Yoshida, vice president of manufacturing at Solar Frontier. "The panels manufactured at the Kunitomi plant will have higher output and be larger than ever before, too, saving significantly on the balance of system costs of installed systems."

Shigeaki Kameda, CEO added: "The scale of our automation will provide unprecedented manufacturing efficiency."