Sharp To Supply Thin-film Modules for 73-MW Project

Sharp Corporation has signed an agreement with Natural Energy Development Co. (NED) to establish one of the world’s largest solar power generation plants with a power generation capacity of 73 megawatts (MW), and to supply thin-film solar cell modules and surrounding systems for the plant.

The construction of the solar power generation plant will start in July 2010 and the operation is planned to start by the end of 2011, Sharp Solar said. Sharp will collaborate with ITD/ITE on the design and construction of the plant.

NED is an independent power producer in the Kingdom of Thailand, with a 33.3% stake owned by DGA, a wholly owned subsidiary company of Mitsubishi Corporation.

The Kingdom of Thailand is renowned for its abundant solar radiation throughout the year. The government of Thailand targets an increase in the amount of renewable energy, up to 20% of the total electricity demand by 2022.

The thin-film solar cell modules to be used in the power generation plant will be supplied partially from Sharp’s solar cell plant at Green Front Sakai in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, which started operation in March 2010.

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