'Asia's biggest airport PV' for Osaka

A venture co-owned by Japanese module-maker Solar Frontier will build what it claims is the largest PV installation at an Asian airport – an 11.6MW deployment in Osaka.

The KIX Megasolar project will place a total 72,000 of Solar Frontier’s copper indium selenium (CIS) thin-film panels next to a runway and on top of a cargo warehouse at Kansai International Airport.

The project is being developed by SF Solar Power, a joint venture between Solar Frontier and the state-owned Development Bank of Japan (DBJ), in conjunction with the airport’s operator.

The two installations will boast a combined annual output of about 12GWh said Solar Frontier, which will operate and maintain the plant.

Work will begin in mid-2013, with the start of operations targeted for January next year.

KIX Megasolar is the first project announced since SF Solar Power – in which Solar Frontier holds 60% – was set up in January, and will be completed with investment and financing from the DBJ’s Competitiveness Innovation Fund.