Solar Frontier connects Asia's largest airport PV plant

Asia’s largest airport solar PV installation has been brought on-stream this week by Japan’s Solar Frontier.

The solar development company has connected the 11.6 MW installation at Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan to the grid, and it is expected to start commercial operation on February 1st.

The project is the largest of its kind in Asia, and has become one of the world’s largest airport solar PV installations. Solar Frontier were joined in the project’s creation by the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ), SF Solar Power and SF Kansai Mega Solar – subsidiaries of Solar Frontier.

"Bringing live an 11.6 MW project in Japan in seven months demonstrates Solar Frontier’s comprehensive and robust project capabilities," said Solar Frontier president and representative director of sales, Hiroto Tamai. "We are proud to be part of the transition toward more environmentally friendly airports."

The Kansai International Airport Megasolar plant has been created using 72,000 Solar Frontier CIS thin film modules, proven to offer higher electricity yield than crystalline silicon modules and boasting anti-glare properties designed to mitigate the risk of sunlight reflection affecting the sight of incoming pilots.

Once in full commercial operation, the plant will generate approximately 12 million kWh of solar energy a year, enough to power 4,100 local households and offset the effects of 4,000 tons of carbon.