Japanese photovoltaic company Solar Frontier has started commercial production at its 150MW Tohoku Plant in Miyagi Prefecture.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu, Solar Frontier's new copper indium gallium selenide (CIS) panel factory uses its modern and upgraded production technology, which helps make a CIS solar panel more quickly and at reduced costs.
The new plant will first sell its modules later this year in their home prefecture of Miyagi in Japan, where they will be made available in other areas across the country. Solar Frontier aims to deliver panels with total power output of 180MW and beyond once the plant production is complete.
New features deployed offer additional benefits for both installers and end-users. Installation of a busbar in the middle of the module helps enhance the panel's potential to perform even when partially in shadow.
The plant also features a lower-module voltage, which allows greater flexibility when designing systems.
The commencement of commercial production demonstrates the continued successful cooperation between Solar Frontier, Ohira Village, and Miyagi Prefecture.
Solar Frontier is using the new technology to harness the power of the sun and provide a cleaner and more comfortable life for residents.