4/22/2014 1:42:04 PM

PVTECH: Solar Frontier looking at New York State for first offshore production plant


Major CIS thin-film producer, Solar Frontier is considering establishing a production plant in Buffalo, New York after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY CNSE).

Solar Frontier had previously said that its new 150MW plant in Japan would potentially become a benchmark for new production facilities in various key PV markets around the world.

The company said that would conduct a technical and economic feasibility study for both R&D possibilities with SUNY CNSE and manufacturing of CIS thin-film modules in Buffalo.

“Solar Frontier will continue to advance itself as a global leader in the solar energy segment, and establishing overseas production bases is at the core of our mid-term growth plan,” said Hiroto Tamai, President and Representative Director of Solar Frontier.

CNSE has previously built a major high-technology R&D infrastructure that initially targeted semiconductor R&D and manufacturers such as Global Foundries, formerly the manufacturing operations of US microprocessor firm, Advanced Micro Devises (AMD).

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