Solar Frontier to build airport-sited mega-station in Nagasaki, Japan

The plant will use Solar Frontier’s CIS modules and is the second such operation following the Kansai International Airport installation. The Nagasaki installation will be the largest in its prefecture. The modules used will have anti-glare technology to avoid affecting aircraft operations.

Hiroto Tamai, president and representative director of Solar Frontier, said, “Our Nagasaki project integrates the economical advantages of Solar Frontier’s CIS solar energy system solutions, from supplying high-performance CIS modules through to Operation & Maintenance, with Chopro’s expertise as an energy supplier local to Nagasaki. Together with leading regional companies like Chopro, we will continue to meet the high demand for solar projects that offer competitive and reliable returns on investment.”

The news follows Solar Frontier’s announcement in January that it will build a fourth CIS module plant in Japan. That plant will be located in Ohiramura, Miyagi Prefecture. Commercial production at that plant is slated to begin in March 2014. That plant will have a maximum production capacity of 150 MW once completed, and will employ 100 people across 70, 000 square metres.

Japan has long been at the forefront of implementing solar energy. In 2004, it became the first country to install more than 1 GW of cumulative PV capacity. Until 2005, it had the highest capacity of any country in the world. Just last week, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry reported that nearly 4 000 MW of capacity had been installed between April and October 2013. And, just yesterday, it was announced that US-based General Electric is to build a 230 MW costing $777m plant in Setouchi, Okayama Prefecture.

Last week, pv magazine reported on the Japanese government’s 11% reduction in the feed-in-tariff for solar. While the tariff fell for solar power, offshore wind projects had their rate increased by 63% last April for projects of 20 kWh or more.