Solar Frontier settles on fourth Japanese module plant


Japanese solar solutions company Solar Frontier has announced today the formalization of an agreed site for its fourth CIS module plant in the country.

Located in Ohiramura, a village of the Kurokawa District of the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan, Tohoku Plant will mass-produce the company’s higher efficiency CIS thin film modules. Construction of the plant is set to begin in March 2014, with commercial production scheduled to commence a year later.

According to a Solar Frontier press statement, produce from the plant will be delivered at low cost and distributed predominantly in the local region. The mayor of Ohiramura rubber-stamped the site agreement alongside the governor of Miyagi Prefecture, Yoshihiro Murai, after receiving assurances that the plant would bring economic benefit to the region.

"Solar Frontier’s Tohoku Plant will contribute to the economic revitalization of Miyagi Prefecture, creating new jobs and business opportunities," said Murai. "I am confident it will promote green businesses and the development of clean, renewable energy in Miyagi and across the region."

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Solar Frontier’s president and representative director Hiroto Tamai stressed that the company’s fourth manufacturing plant underlined its determination to grow and innovate.

"Our CIS modules have gained a reputation for generating more kilowatt-hours in actual operating conditions than crystalline modules, while we maintain high quality standards from our production bases in Japan," said Tamai. "The Tohoku Plant will harness our latest technology to produce high efficiency CIS modules and will serve as a blueprint for our future mass production facilities outside of Japan.

"Miyagi Prefecture put us on the path toward new global growth."

Tohoku Plant will boast a maximum production capacity of 150 MW once complete, employing approximately 100 people permanently across its total lot area of 70,000 square meters.