Solar Frontier to supply world’s biggest CIS/CIGS project


Solar Frontier modules employ a copper indium gallium selenium (CIS/CIGS) technology and the Catalina Solar Project plant will be the biggest in the world using this technology. The plant will be built in two phases. The first, worth 60 MW, is planned to be completed by the end of the year.

The companies behind Catalina are enXco and EDF Energies Nouvelles and together they have signed a 150 MW supply agreement with Solar Frontier.

Describing the deal as a "landmark moment" for the company and CIS/CIGS technology, Solar Frontier Americas’ Gregory W. Ashley said that it demonstrates that the technology delivers more kilowatt-hours, per watt-peak installed. "We see this project as a launch pad for ever greater CIS achievement in the U.S. and across the world."

enXco, in a statement announcing the deal, also spoke favorably about the Solar Frontier’s production scale. "With its gigawatt-scale production capacity and favorable energy production profile, Solar Frontier and its parent company Showa Shell Sekiyu, have positioned themselves through a long and proven technology process to be able to meet the supply expectations required for such a large utility-scale projects."

Late last year Solar Frontier announced that all lines were running at its new Kunitomi plant, in the southern city of Miyazaki.