Solar Frontier restarts full production at Miyazaki plant


Japanese PV manufacturer Solar Frontier has restarted production at its Miyazaki No. 2 Plant to meet growing demand for residential thin film CIS modules.

The 60 MW annual capacity plant in Miyazaki, Japan, had been temporarily suspended since the end of 2012 as Solar Frontier evaluated the feasibility of manufacturing new products at the facility.

The plant will restart the manufacturing of conventional thin film CIS modules for residential use in July while final arrangements are being made to begin commercial production of a new, innovative type of module, which has been developed at Solar Frontier’s Atsugi Research Center, the company said on Monday.

Based on a feasibility evaluation, production of the new module will start in the second half of the year.

Miyazaki No.2 Plant, which opened in 2009, provided the know-how that enabled Solar Frontier to open the Kunitomi Plant, Japan’s largest solar module production plant.

Solar Frontier temporarily halted the Miyazaki No.2 Plant in December after streamlining all of its production at the state-of-the-art Kunitomi Plant.