Solar Frontier has supplied 21.3 MW of its CIS thin-film modules to one of the largest utility-scale solar power plants in Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture.
The power plant, which came on stream in July in the city of Ube, is owned and managed by US Power Co., Ltd, a joint operating company set up by Ube Group and Showa Shell Sekiyu.
The US Power Plant is expected to generate some 25,010 megawatt hours annually — equivalent to the amount of electricity used by about 6,900 households in Japan. US Power will sell electricity generated at the facility, which has been approved for Japan’s solar energy feed-in tariff program, to Chugoku Electric Power Company.
Solar Frontier supplied the US Power Plant, which covers approximately 30 hectares of land, from its gigawatt-scale production facility in Miyazaki.
The Japanese thin-film manufacturer claims its proprietary CIS technology delivers more kilowatt-hours per kilowatt-peak in real operating conditions than crystalline silicon.