Solar Frontier Opens “Miyazaki Solar Park”2010-10-01
TOKYO, October 1, 2010 － Solar Frontier K.K., a 100 percent subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., announced today the opening of Miyazaki Solar Park. Located next to Solar Frontier’s Second Miyazaki Plant, a manufacturing plant, the park comprises Miyazaki Training Center and Miyazaki Mega Solar power plant. All three facilities will form a center for developing the entire solar value chain, from manufacturing and sales engineering, to the installation and maintenance of Solar Frontier CIS solar modules.
“We will use the park’s roofs, embankments, and parking lots to provide training on Solar Frontier installations under a range of conditions,” said CEO Shigeaki Kameda . “Miyazaki Training Center will leverage hands-on programs, using mock roofs to develop the skills of our sales staff, distributors, and engineers. It will be capable of training up to 1,000 people per year, and is perfectly located with a state-of-the-art solar module manufacturing plant and 1MW power plant.”
Miyazaki Training Center reinforces Solar Frontier’s commitment to enhancing service, developing skills, and building consumer trust. The company has already established a certification system and provides training and certification for a range of professional skills from system sales to aftercare.
Miyazaki Mega Solar, a 1MW solar power plant, has been supported by Miyazaki Prefecture under a partnership agreement concluded in November 2009. It is certified as a “Project for Promoting the Local Production of Energy” by the New Energy Promotion Council. The project is Showa Shell Sekiyu group’s second mega-sized solar power plant following Yukigunigata Mega Solar, which opened in August at the company’s former Niigata Petroleum Terminal site.
Outline of Miyazaki Solar Park
Miyazaki Solar Park
Location: 789-20 Ooaza-kanohei, Kiyotake-cho, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki Prefecture (next to Solar Frontier’s Miyazaki Second Plant)
Site area: 38,000 m2
Miyazaki Training Center
Purpose: Solar power systems training for Solar Frontier sales staff, distributors, and engineers
Miyazaki Mega Solar (solar power plant)
Capacity: 1000 kW (for own use)
Annual output forecast: 1,280,000 kWh
Panels in use: 12,584
About Solar Frontier K.K.
Solar Frontier K.K., a 100 percent subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., is committed to creating the most economical, ecological solar energy solutions in the world, on the world's largest scale. Solar Frontier’s proprietary CIS technology, denoting key ingredients Copper, Indium, and Selenium, has the best overall potential to set the world’s most enduring standard for solar energy. This is based on our legacy of work in solar technology since the 1970s, the priority focus our laboratories have given to CIS since 1993, and our success in large scale CIS commercialization since 2007. The critical factors that combine to make CIS the overall economical and ecological leader include high efficiency and low production costs as well as superior reliability, stability, sustainability, non-toxicity, and lower overall energy consumption in the manufacturing process to yield a faster energy payback time. That is why in 2009 we announced plans for a 900MW factory in Miyazaki, Japan. Scheduled to commence operations in 2011, it will become the world’s largest photovoltaic production facility, enabling Solar Frontier to meet worldwide demand for the new standard in affordable solar panel performance. Visit www.solar-frontier.com for more information.
Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.
Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and has roots dating back more than 100 years in the downstream energy business.
Daniel Lochmann, Edelman (Tokyo)
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