Lawson, Inc., a Japanese convenience store chain, announced that it has chosen Solar Frontier to supply CIS thin-film modules as part of plans to install solar panels on 2,000 of its Japan-based stores.
- Each store will install 12 kW of CIS modules
- The project will be realized through 2 years
Lawson also has purchased Solar Frontier’s online monitoring technology for the first 1,000 stores. The 150W modules will be made at Solar Frontier’s cutting-edge 900MW capacity Kunitomi factory. Solar Frontier’s “Frontier Monitor” will allow Lawson customers and anyone with an Internet connection to observe the system output of any Lawson store in real time.
Lawson plans to install solar panels at 1,000 of its domestic stores this fiscal year and 1,000 next year. Each store will install 12kW for an estimated average overall yearly power output of 11,000kWh per store.
The modules produced at Solar Frontier’s gigawatt-scale Kunitomi factory benefit from advanced automation, scale, and low-energy, end-to-end processing from raw materials to finished modules. Solar Frontier’s modules have been developed to produce more electricity (kWh) in real-world operating conditions, which results in higher financial returns and lower cost of ownership. The "light soaking" effect of CIS modules significantly increases output from initial values, while a lower temperature coefficient than crystalline silicon modules enables more electricity production in hotter climates. Solar Frontier’s modules are also ecologically compelling, with lower overall energy consumption in the manufacturing process to yield one of the fastest energy payback times in the solar industry.