Solar Frontier to consolidate solar module production
Oct 16, 2012 - Japanese solar module maker Solar Frontier today said it would shut down its 60-MW MP2 solar module factory and consolidate production to its 900-MW Kunitomi plant in Miyazaki prefecture.
Solar Frontier, a unit of Japanese oil refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu (TYO:5002), is now assessing future opportunities for the MP2 plant to produce specialised solar modules currently under development. The company's employees at the MP2 plant will be transferred to the Kunitomi plant and to sales engineering positions, Solar Frontier said.
The Kunitomi plant, which reached full capacity in July 2011, produces copper indium selenium (CIS) solar modules with efficiencies of 13% to 14%, Solar Frontier added.