12 April 2017
Solar Frontier Americas completes sale of 40MW Midway II project to Dominion
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 – has sold its 40MWDC (30MWAC) Midway II solar power plant to a subsidiary of Dominion Energy Inc, a subsidiary of energy supplier Dominion Resources Inc, which serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers throughout the USA.
The Midway II Project in the Imperial County of California is constructed with about 242,000 Solar Frontier modules mounted on NEXTracker’s single-axis solar trackers. The project has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Imperial Irrigation District (the third largest public power utility in California serving the Imperial Valley) for the electricity produced by the plant.
Sited on 320-acres northwest of Calipatria, California, Midway II is part of Solar Frontier Americas’ 106MWDC Midway projects portfolio. In total, Solar Frontier Americas’ project pipeline has over 400MW of projects in various stages of development.
Picture: The Midway II solar power plant.
“We’re pleased Dominion is expanding its assets with a solar project developed by Solar Frontier Americas,” says Solar Frontier Americas’ chief operating officer Charles Pimentel. “As a highly successful Fortune 500 company, we applaud the growth of their renewable energy portfolio, their commitment to sustainable energy generation, and the reduction of environmental carbon emissions.”
Midway II is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 6500 homes annually. The construction of the Midway projects boosted local employment with over 670 jobs.
“This acquisition highlights Dominion’s ongoing commitment to owning and operating renewable energy generation,” says Jim Eck, VP-business development & merchant operations for Dominion’s generation operating segment.