Belectric, Solar Frontier join forces


German solar plant developer Belectric has strengthened its presence in the profitable Japanese solar market by forming an EPC alliance with two subsidiaries of Japanese energy company Showa Shell Sekiya.

Belectric has already worked with thin film module manufacturer Solar Frontier and with Shoseki Engineering and Construction – both of which are wholly owned by downstream energy developer Showa – on the Kunitomi Megasolar project in Miyazaki which began operating in March.

With Belectric bringing installation expertise to the EPC work on that project, it has formalized its relationship with the other two businesses and the three companies inaugurated their co-operation agreement on a project in Kagoshima which started last month.

The arrangement, announced today in a press release from Solar Frontier, sees Belectric’s installation skills dovetail with the engineering, construction and local knowhow of Shoseki with Solar Frontier bringing its CIS thin film modules to offer solar investors in Japan a complete EPC solution.

Belectric has been working with the module manufacturer since 2010 and the two businesses established the PV CIStems joint venture, to work on global opportunities, in 2012.