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Oct 17th, 2012
 
Solar Frontier focus on the production in its newest CIS PV module plant
 
Concentrating production at the Kunitomi plant in southern Japan would enable Solar Frontier, which specialises in CIGS technology - solar panels made of metals copper, indium, gallium and selenium - to produce up to 900 MW of solar modules in 2013, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.
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  • Older Solar Frontier’s 60MW factory will stop the production in December 2012.
  • The newest plant with 900MW capacity will run at full capacity.

That would be a jump of around 50 percent from estimated output of 600 MW this year, aimed at meeting demand growth in the Japanese market.

Kunitomi started working in February 2011. Solar Frontier shut one of its three plants in 2010, and Miyazaki-Daini, which has capacity of only 60 MW, will close this December.

In July, Japan's government introduced a scheme to subsidise renewable power suppliers, in a shift of its energy policy away from nuclear power after last year's Fukushima disaster.

Companies and homeowners are rushing to register as power suppliers under the scheme. More than 80 percent of the total registered capacity of 1,778 MW is solar.

Solar Frontier plans to sell about 60 percent of its modules in Japan this year, compared with 30 percent at home and 70 percent abroad in 2011.

 

 
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