PV manufacturer Solar Frontier has restarted production at its mothballed 60MW module manufacturing plant in southern Japan to meet growing domestic solar demand.
Operation at the Miyazaki No.2 plant at Kiyotakecho has been suspended since the end of 2012, but the company now intends to resume operations there from today.
Initially the facility will manufacture Solar Frontier’s standard residential CIS thin-film module.
The company said it was also planning to begin using the plant to manufacture a new “innovative” module. No further details were given on the product, but the company said production would probably start in the second half of this year.
Solar Frontier temporarily halted the Miyazaki No.2 Plant at the end of last year as it said it was able to streamline all production at the its cutting-edge Kunitomi Plant. But due to growing demand for CIS thin-film modules the company said it had now decided to restart the plant.
Japan’s solar market is currently booming and is predicted to be the world’s largest in 2013.