Sharp has scored its first international order for its transparent PV panels with a 27.5kW deal in Cambodia.
The Osaka-based electronics group will provide 290 of its NA-B095AA see-through panels, as well as inverters and balance of plant (BOP) services, for a cafe in a shopping mall in Phnom Penh.
The shopping centre is Japanese retail developer Aeon's first such facility in Cambodia. It is expected to be one of the Southeast Asian nation’s largest malls when it opens in late June.
Sharp commercially launched its NA-B095AA PV modules in September 2012, although it has provided transparent panels as a customised offering since 2004. It designed them to be installed instead of conventional glass in windows and canopies.
The company told Recharge last year that it initially planned to sell the see-through modules to construction companies in Japan.
Earlier this year, Sharp signed a deal with Serm Sang Palang Ngan (SSP) to provide PV modules and BOP for a 52MW project in central Thailand.
In November, Aeon group unit Aeon Delight and environmental-services provider Recycle One selected Chinese PV group Yingli to provide 16.9MW of PV modules for two projects in Japan’s Shizuoka prefecture.