In recent days there has been speculation the thin film manufacturer would build a new Japanese fab it currently operates two small facilities additional to its Kunitomi facility and that it is investigating building another in the Middle East. The company has close ties with the Middle East by virtue of its ownership structure and through its oil parent company, Showa Shell Japan.
Responding to pv magazines enquiries, Solar Frontier has said that while no formal investment decision has been made, the company is, "taking a close look at the Tohoku region of Japan as a possible location for a future Solar Frontier production facility." The company added that its experience with its CIGS technology, which the company refers to as CIS, and in scaling up production are advantages for the company.
The statement continued: "While Solar Frontier has no specific production expansion plans to announce at this time, clearly we are in a growth industry and Solar Frontier intends to grow."
Solar Frontier has been announcing a number of supply agreements and completed power plants of late including a 10 MW power plant in central Japan and a 100 MW supply agreement for the Catalina Solar Project in California.