Solar Frontier sells 40 MW California solar plant to Dominion


Solar Frontier did not reveal the financial terms of the deal with Dominion Energy, a wholly owned unit of Virginia-based energy supplier Dominion Resources.

The plant consists of 242,000 of Solar Frontier’s copper indium gallium diselenided (CIGS or CIS) modules on NEXTracker’s single-axis solar trackers at the 320-acre site in Imperial county, California.

Midway II has a 25-year power contract with local utility Imperial Irrigation District and is expected to annually generate enough electricity to cater to the needs of more than 6,500 homes, according to an online statement.

The array is part of a broader portfolio in Imperial county that includes the nearby 67 MW Midway I solar farm, which will sell electricity under a PPA with Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE).

Solar Frontier Americas began building Midway I and II last July. It currently has more than 400 MW of solar capacity in various stages of development throughout the U.S.

In October, Tokyo-based Solar Frontier surpassed 4 GW of global module shipments. It supplies solar panels to 60 countries throughout the world.

Last June, it launched production at a new 150 MW factory in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan. The fab in the country’s Tohoku region can produce CIS modules of equal or better quality than those manufactured at its flagship 900 MW plant in Kunitomi, in southern Japan’s Miyazaki prefecture.

Solar Frontier has described the Tohoku facility as a model for future production expansion, chiefly regarding its long-discussed plans to eventually launch production outside of Japan.

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