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Solar Frontier delivers CIS 80MWp to Catalina

The CIS plant is expected to offset about 74,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year
Solar Frontier has completed a project involving 80 megawatts (MWp) of CIS solar modules in California.

The modules will be part of a 143.2 MWp installation in Kern County, developed, built and owned by EDF Renewable Energy, formerly known as enXco.

The first phase of approximately 50 MWp is expected to go online by the end of 2012, while the rest of the project is targeted for completion by June 2013.

Solar Frontier says the plant will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of about 35,000 homes annually and will offset about 74,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year.

“This year, Solar Frontier will approach a cumulative total of a gigawatt of installations worldwide from the time of its founding,” says Charles Pimentel, Chief Operating Officer of Solar Frontier Americas.

He adds, “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. EDF Renewable Energy’s vote of confidence in both our CIS technology and Solar Frontier is something we are very proud of as we continue to grow in the Americas markets.”

The ompany delivered its modules to the Catalina project site in 623 shipping containers. Securing its modules on a custom-designed steel-resin pallet with reusable plastic corner pieces, Solar Frontier has increased the module-container density of worldwide shipments by 130 percent and cut its logistics carbon footprint by more than 10 percent.

Solar Frontier says this is while lowering its module breakage rate to a record 0.002 percent. The firm also maintains that  its new packaging solution ensures that there is also no more than 5 cubic metres of on-site waste per megawatt-peak of modules shipped, helping customers install projects with minimum ecological impact.

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