Equivalent to 650,000 energy-independent Japanese households
Tokyo, July 23, 2015 - Solar Frontier, the world's largest CIS solar energy solutions provider, has marked the significant milestone of shipping over 3 GW of its CIS modules worldwide to date. It has been 4 years since the first CIS modules were shipped from Solar Frontier's 900 MW Kunitomi Plant in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, and 8 years since the company first commercialized its technology in 2007.
Solar Frontier has now shipped CIS modules directly to 47 countries around the world, and has proven their real-world performance in different environments. These range from Farasan Island in Saudi Arabia, where the temperature reaches 40oC, to Lithuania, where the temperature can be as low as -20oC. Solar Frontier's biggest CIS project, the 82.5 MW Catalina Power Plant in the USA, is also the world's largest CIS installation, and was recognized this month as the winner of the Intersolar North America Project of the Year Award.
To give some sense of the scale that 3GW represents, this amount of CIS modules would generate the equivalent of 3679 GWh, which could completely power 650,000 households in Japan, Solar Frontier's home market. It is also the equivalent of displacing 1.93 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, the same amount of CO22 sequestered by about 540,000 ha of forests.
3 GW in shipments is equally a milestone for Solar Frontier's factories. Representing about 20 million modules, Solar Frontier's factories have now produced enough modules to reach halfway around the world if laid end-to-end.
Looking to the future, Atsuhiko Hirano, President and CEO of Solar Frontier commented: "Solar Frontier is now building on its 3 GW shipment achievement, supplying CIS modules to more homes and businesses, as well as developing utility-scale power plants around the world. We are working to drive adoption of CIS technology so our customers have more choice to build cleaner businesses and more comfortable lifestyles anywhere in the world."