Our story begins with the oil crisis of the 1970s. In search of a sustainable energy future, our parent company began developing solar technologies with the Japanese government, academia and early industry leaders. This included crystalline silicon and amorphous silicon. We soon uncovered the advantages of CIS and committed to it from 1993. Known then as Showa Shell Solar, we commenced commercial production in 2007.
On the back of this success, the Atsugi Research Center – a world-record-setting R&D facility – and a new production plant followed in 2009. These set the stage for technological leadership and global growth. By early 2011, we had constructed the world’s first gigawatt-scale CIS production facility and were active in key global markets. Solar Frontier has since become a global provider of solar energy solutions, operating worldwide.