Sharp Corporation recently signed an agreement with NED to establish one of the world’s largest solar power generation plants with a power generation capacity of 73 MW, and to supply thin-film solar cell modules and surrounding systems for the plant. The construction project is expected to commence this month and will be fully operational by end 2011. NED is a joint venture company established by Diamond Generating Asia, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, that controls IPP business in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, CLP Holdings Ltd., and Electricity Generating Public Co., Ltd. The formation of this joint venture company is expected to support the planning, funding, and management of the power generation business.
Thin-film solar cells are optimal for use in a high-temperature climate, compared to crystalline solar cells. Sharp’s experience in the mass production of thin-film solar cells has enabled Sharp to take part in this project. 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.
Sharp will collaborate with ITD/ITE on the design and construction of the plant. Sharp will take a step forward by not only supplying solar cell modules, but also by offering a business model that provides everything from related equipment procurement to system design and construction of the power generation plant, by collaborating with local companies both domestic and abroad.