Beginning with its founder’s vision, and followed by five decades of dedicated research and development, Sharp is a proven leader in one of the most important challenges facing humanity: to create a safe, clean, and reliable source of energy for our future generations.
Sharp’s commitment to improving solar technology has yielded one breakthrough after another that improves the planet - and changes lives. Sharp has pioneered solar gains in engineering, design and implementation of photovoltaic technology. Since the first mass-production of solar cells and installing solar cells that powered navigational buoys and lighthouses in 1963, Sharp’s experience and dedication to solar power led to innovation after innovation: powering space-based satellites, inventing the first solar powered calculator, creating solar panels that can be used as exterior walls for skyscrapers, and manufacturing revolutionary thin-film solar panels that will bring lower-cost solar electricity to more places around the globe.
Sharp’s solar future is getting brighter. Sharp’s new Sakai plant, which is scheduled to come on line in 2010 will be capable of producing a Gigawatt of thin-film panels annually, which clearly embodies the solar commitment that Sharp has demonstrated for decades.