Solar Frontier to construct 13 MW project in historic Hiraizumi

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Solar Frontier will strengthen its presence in the Tohoku region with a new 13 MW PV power plant. The company is already constructing its new “next generation” 150 MW CIGS production facility in the region.

The mega solar project announced today will be in the town of Hiraizumi, which is UNESCO world heritage site – so acknowledged for its historic temples, gardens and archeological sites. Solar Frontier said the its all black modules were selected, in part, because of their aesthetics, given the site’s sensitive nature.

Through Hiraizumi’s local residents, we are proving that historical sites and renewable, clean energy can exist side by side,” said Masayoshi Sugawara, Mayor of Hiraizumi. Solar Frontier said that the Hiraizumi local authorities initiated the project.

Solar Frontier is also highlighting the project as evidence of its growing role as a “total systems provider,” rather than a module supplier.

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in March 2015, with completion by the following year.

New CEO for Solar Frontier

The Hiraizumi project announcement comes one day after Atsuhiko Hirano was appointed President and CEO of Solar Frontier. Hirano has been the public face of the company for some months, with the move positioning the company well in terms of its further internationalization. Solar Frontier is currently expanding its operations in Europe and the U.S.

Hirano speaks English fluently and in an interview with pv magazine at Intersolar Europe, Hirano said that Solar Frontier aiming at all market segments, internationally and domestically, for its “total system” solutions.

"If you look at our booth, there is a lot of emphasis on us moving downstream, moving past simply being a module manufacturer and supplier to providing an integrated solution proposition for the end customer, for the residential, the commercial and also for utility scale," said Hirano.