Japanese thin-film PV manufacturer Solar Frontier, part of oil refiner Showa Shell, is planning to restart its module production line at its Miyazaki No.2 Plant in Kiyotakecho, Miyazaki, Japan, in July.
The decision to restart the line has been driven by Solar Frontier’s plans to launch a new range of products for the Japanese market. Pending the final decision of product models to be manufactured, Solar Frontier will make minor equipment modifications to enable the manufacture of new products which will be sold in Japan.
The 60MW Miyazaki plant, which opened in 2009, has been temporarily suspended since the end of 2012. Since then, the company has been focusing on manufacturing at its larger Kunitomi plant which has a production capacity of 900MW. The Miyazaki plant, meanwhile, has been used for equipment testing.
Japan's PV market is expanding rapidly due to the country's attractive feed-in tariff, which spurred growth of nearly 150% in the final quarter of 2012.