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 began operation in October 2009 and will be capable of producing a Gigawatt of thin-film panels annually, which clearly embodies the solar commitment that Sharp has demonstrated for decades.