Solar Frontier kicks off construction of two large projects in California

Solar Frontier Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of Solar Frontier, announced July 11 that two utility-scale solar projects from its development pipeline are now in the construction phase.

  • Located in California’s Imperial County, Midway I is 67 MWp in size and has an executed power purchase agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas & Electric.
  • Midway II, also located in Imperial County, is 40 MWp and has a PPA with the Imperial Irrigation District.

Managing both projects is Solar Frontier Americas Development, the utility-scale project development division of Solar Frontier Americas. Blattner Energy is providing EPC services, Power Electronics will supply inverters and NEXTracker will supply its NX Horizon single-axis trackers for increased energy yields.

Charles Pimentel, CEO of Solar Frontier Americas Development, said: “Solar Frontier has developed an extensive U.S. project development pipeline of over 400 MW and has rapidly established itself as a reliable and bankable player in the solar development industry. We are pleased to now start construction of Midway I and Midway II, two solar power plants that will deliver economical, clean and renewable energy.”

Ryan Kelley, Imperial County Supervisor, District 4, said: “Solar Frontier’s solar projects will generate hundreds of direct jobs and employ local workers in Imperial County, California. The projects will drive significant dollars in local sales and property taxes and contribute to the local economy.”

Solar Frontier is a Tier 1, fully integrated module manufacturer with iresearch and development facilities and project development services. Solar Frontier is the world’s largest provider of CIS solar panels, system solutions and services. Solar Frontier K.K. is 100% owned subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (TOKYO: 5002) and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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