Japanese thin-film manufacturer and project developer Solar Frontier has supplied 21.3MW of its solar modules to a large-scale PV project in southern Japan for its former parent company, Showa Shell.
The company supplied its CIS thin-film modules to the plant, which went online in July 2014. Located in the city of Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the power plant sits on the southern tip of Japan’s main island mass, Honshu.
The project, called US Power, will be owned by a joint venture company, also called US Power, headed by Showa Shell and chemicals and construction material company Ube Group. The plant began construction in March 2013 and was completed in July this year.
Solar Frontier is an offshoot of Showa Shell and was a wholly owned subsidiary of the oil company until very recently. The parent company approved a plan for the two entities to split shortly after the announcement of second quarter financial results in late July, which was also around the time of the 21.3MW Ube plant’s completion.
The new plant will generate around 25,010,000 kWh of electricity annually, with solar modules from Solar Frontier’s gigawatt scale fab in Miyazaki, Japan. Electricity will be sold to utility company Chugoku Electric Power Company under Japan’s feed-in tariff programme.