Solar Frontier, a noted thin-film solar module producer, will be partnering with the Germany-based developer New Energy for the World to build 100 megawatts (MW) worth of new solar energy projects in the UK, according to recent reports.
The projects will utilize Solar Frontier’s CIS solar cells, as well as various other system components. The “first” of these projects (already built) saw the developer New Energy for the World provide Engineering, Procurement, and Construction services — and the German contractor Hadbank provided substructure and mounting services.
Speaking on the topic of that project, the managing director of Solar Frontier Europe, Wolfgang Lange, commented: “The Banwell project, which commenced operations in 2015, serves as a frontrunner for future projects — it demonstrates the performance advantages of CIS especially in UK weather conditions, the benefit of optimizing system components to leverage the advantages of CIS, and the importance of an experienced development team.”
Despite my reference to the above mentioned project as the “first,” there are actually still 100 MW of other projects planned. The first of these projects is currently expected to begin construction sometime in the third quarter of this year. Apparently land rights and grid connections have already been secured for the project, according to the company. The company has also noted that it is already in talks with investors interested in potentially buying the project once it’s completed.
The CEO of Solar Frontier, Atsuhiko Hirano, commented that the company’s move into the UK was indicative of its broader plans: “Solar Frontier is going global as part of our long-term growth strategy and the UK is a key market for us. We already have a strong standing in the residential, commercial and utility segments in Europe, and are now proud to introduce new and broader market solutions also in the UK.”
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