Several major PV power plant projects, including the under construction Catalina Solar Plant in Kern County, California, are supporting CIS-based thin-film module manufacturer, Solar Frontier, which highlights that it is nearing the cumulative 1GW installation milestone. This is only the second thin-film supplier to be on-target to reach that level after First Solar.
“This year, Solar Frontier will approach a cumulative total of a gigawatt of installations worldwide from the time of its founding,” commented Charles Pimentel, Chief Operating Officer of Solar Frontier Americas. “With CIS demonstrating advantages from desert to tropical to sub-zero climates, our modules are especially well-suited to the range of conditions here in California, where their higher kilowatt-hour production in real conditions ensures improved project economics.”
Solar Frontier also noted that it reached module shipments of 80MWp to the Catalina Solar Plant project, as part of a 143.2MWp installation. The first phase of approximately 50MWp was expected to be online by the end of 2012, with completion by June 2013.