The factory encompasses the entire production process of thin film module making, from the raw materials to the finished modules. Commercial production already began in February.
The company says that the production capacity will continue to increase into the summer, until the factorys full capacity of near one gigawatt is reached.
"We are tremendously proud that CIS, a technology we partnered with Showa Shell Sekiyu to develop since 1993, has proven its potential on the journey from the laboratory to commercial production at one of the most advanced and largest solar panel factories in the world," commented Sadao Wasaka, Executive Director at NEDO. "We are sure that Solar Frontier will become a global leader in the PV market."
The opening ceremony was attended by officials from Japans Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Miyazaki Prefecture, Miyazaki City, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and The Development Bank of Japan.