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Japan's Solar Frontier to shut one plant, boost output at other

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 3:25am
Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Solar Frontier, a unit of Japan's Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, will shut indefinitely its Miyazaki-Daini solar module plant to help its other factory, which has annual output capacity of 900 megawatts, run at full pace next year.

Concentrating production at the Kunitomi plant in southern Japan would enable Solar Frontier, which specializes 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.

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.

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