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16 December 2016

Solar Frontier Americas nears completion of 106MW of utility-scale projects in Southern California

On 12 December, San Jose-based Solar Frontier Americas, the US subsidiary of Tokyo-based Solar Frontier – the largest manufacturer of CIS (copper indium selenium) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solar modules – held a ribbon cutting event - presented by California State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia - to celebrate nearing completion of two solar power plants totaling 106MWdc in the Imperial Valley of Southern California. Also in attendance were representatives from the Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial County and local city officials.

The projects Midway I & II are located a few miles northwest of Calipatria in the great Mojave Desert. Blattner Energy (recognized for building some of the largest and most complex energy projects in North America) handled the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the projects.

Developed and constructed for high performance, both solar plants are installed with NEXTracker single-axis trackers (valued for their ability to increase the system's energy yield) and autonomous row technology that enables easier access for operations and maintenance. The solar plants are constructed with Power Electronics' rugged HEC PLUS, which is reckoned to be one of the most powerful and reliable inverters on the market.

"Solar Frontier Americas Development team encountered several project challenges and - through collaboration with the Imperial Irrigation District, local authorities and land owners - was able to effectively navigate solutions maintaining our high standard of quality and completing the projects on schedule," says Solar Frontier Americas Development's CEO Charles Pimentel. 

Solar Frontier Americas are local experts on development in the Southern California region with almost 166MW of solar projects in operation or development. The company has a pipeline of over 400MW currently in various stages of development. The company also partners with small and medium size developers to support the completion of viable solar projects.

Tags: CIS thin-film PV modules

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