Japanese PV manufacturer Solar Frontier has agreed the site deal for its fourth thin-film manufacturing plant.
The company said it had signed off the site agreement for the Tohohu CIGS plant with the prefectural government of Miyagi and the local government of Ohiramura, where the plant will be located.
The agreement means construction will begin in March, with the plant expected to be up and running within a year.
Solar Frontier revealed its plans for the plant last month, claiming the new facility would enable the company to establish itself as a global supplier.
The 70,000 square metre plant will have a nameplate capacity of 150MW and is expected to employ 100 workers.
A ceremony marking the signing of the agreement was attended by the governor of the prefecture and the mayor of Ohiramura.
Yoshihiro Murai, governor of Miyagi Prefecture, said: “Solar Frontier’s Tohoku Plant will contribute to the economic revitalisation of Miyagi Prefecture, creating new job and business opportunities. I am confident it will promote green businesses and the development of clean, renewable energy in Miyagi and across the region.”
Hiroto Tamai, president and representative director of Solar Frontier, said: “The Tohoku Plant will harness our latest technology to produce high efficiency CIS modules and will serve as a blueprint for our future mass production facilities outside of Japan. Miyagi Prefecture put us on the path toward new global growth.”