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Showa Shell Sekiyu has announced plans to develop a 2MW PV plant on the rooftop of Solar Frontier’s Kunitomi manufacturing facility in southern Japan.
The facility already generates solar power and with the additional 2MW capacity, the Kunitomi plant will have a total PV capacity of 7.3MW.
The manufacturing facility already has a 2MW PV array atop one of its buildings. The array utilises Solar Frontier’s CIS thin-film solar modules to generate solar power which is then used for on-site consumption.
The new 2MW PV plant will be built atop one of the facility’s other buildings. It will also use Solar Frontier’s CIS thin-film solar modules and is scheduled to complete by the end of 2012. Solar Frontier will lease the rooftop to Showa Shell Sekiyu.
The new 2MW project represents Showa Shell Sekiyu’s second commercial solar power plant following its Niigata Yukigunigata Megasolar power plant in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. When complete, electricity generated from the array will be sold to Kyushu Electric Power Company.
Solar Frontier’s Kunitomi facility began producing CIS thin-film solar modules in February 2011 and has an annual production capacity of 900MW making it, the company claims, the world’s largest CIS thin-film solar module production facility. Earlier this month, it was reported that Solar Frontier would cease production temporarily at its 60MW Miyazaki-Daini PV module manufacturing facility in south-west Japan in order to focus on production at its Kunitomi facility to help meet the growing domestic demand.