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Sharp photovoltaics

Sharp has attained global brand recognition and has a wide product portfolio far beyond PV. As a result, Sharp is better protected against market fluctuations in individual industries than non-diversified PV brands. An additional safeguard for our guarantees. Sharp creates products in the following areas: smart home, smart offices, entertainment, education, health, security, industry, and automobiles.

Sharp solar PV panels are always a safe bet. This is because we focus on providing proven technology that has passed rigorous tests and will perform for decades to come. Our PV line-up covers various sizes of monocrystalline half-cell panels for residential, commercial & industrial solar power systems and multi-megawatt solar panel farms.

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Over 60 years of solar history


Sharp became one of the first companies in the world to start development of solar cells


Transistor Radio with solar cells was manufactured and sold


Succeeded in the mass production of single-crystal solar cells


Ogami Island Lighthouse in Nagasaki equipped with Sharp solar modules, with 225W it had the world's largest solar output at the time. Sharp now has more than 2,800 lighthouse installations


Sharp opens an office in Europe (Germany, Hamburg)


Japan's first operational satellite for space “Ume” equipped with Sharp solar cells. Sharp now has more than 170 satellite installations


The first Sharp calculator with solar cells was released


40 units of 36-cell solar modules were installed at Tsubosaka-dera Temple (Nara) to illuminate the Big Buddha, which are still operating now after 36 years


Sharp started to sell solar components in Europe


Solar panels cover the walls of the tallest building (122 m) in Manchester (CIS Tower), 7244 solar panels, 80 W, 391 kW of power, largest power generation facility in a commercial facility in Europe


Released BACK CONTACT panels, which use monocrystalline solar cells to achieve 19.1% module conversion efficiency (now 20.0%)


Sharp successfully supports the energy transformation to renewable energy in Japan with solar power plants in the Fukushima region


Sharps parent company Foxconn starts equipping production sites with Sharp PV modules


Sharp Energy Solutions Europe collaborates with partners for the realisation of large-scale PV systems in the EMEA region


Introduction of monocrystalline half-cell solar panels. Today our PV portfolio only consists of mono half-cell panels.

Tier 1 - Bank on Sharp for your projects

Sharp is continually ranked Tier 1 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance Corporation. This is an independent testament to our financial health as a corporation and module maker. Only a small fraction of all PV manufacturers make it into this strict list. Tier 1 suppliers are selected based on their creditworthiness.

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Sharp panels pass the hardest tests

Our extensive, discerning tests are based on decades of industry experience and are up to five times stricter than IEC standards demand. We know the typical module failures and can test new materials, BOS components and new technologies accordingly to ensure our panels’ longterm reliability. From compliance with international standards to endurance under extreme conditions: our PV modules have been tested, certified and awarded by a number of independent institutions.

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Passed durability tests:

PID free (IEC TS62804)

No degradation under high voltage in humid and hot environments.

Ammonia Test (IEC62716)

Proven resistance to corrosion in wet atmospheres with high concentrations of dissolved ammonia - such as from livestock.

Salt Mist Test (IEC61701)

Resistance to corrosion from salt mist for modules operating in wet atmospheres with high levels of dissolved salt - such as at the coast.

Sand / Dust Test (IEC60068)

Resistance to damage (such as erosion or ingress) by sand and dust particles in dusty environments.

5,400 Pa Tested Snow Load (IEC 61215)

Mechanical load test ensures durability in high windload or snow load. Note: The snow load can also depend on the installation method.


We are dedicated to the values of sincerity and creativity which were already important to the Sharp founder, Tokuji Hayakawa. Sharp strives for mutual prosperity with society and stakeholders since its founding. Through abiding by the business philosophy we remain committed to fulfilling our social responsibility and to being a company that is known and trusted throughout society.

Sharp will continue to support the United Nations’ Global Compact as a signatory to the 10 principles which cover the areas of human rights, labor, environment, anti-corruption as well as conflict minerals. Further Sharp has formulated long-term environmental goals in the areas of climate change, resource recycling and safety and security in its Eco Vision 2050.

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