Solar Frontier to develop 100 MW in UK


Solar Frontier has entered into an agreement with New Energy for the World (NEW) to develop a number of solar projects in the booming UK market. Solar Frontier says the deal is an indication of the Japanese company’s expanding “partnership approach” to project development.

The deal comes on the back of Solar Frontier have supplied and “optimized system components” for a 7.15 MW PV power plant in Banwell, UK.

“Our past projects with Solar Frontier attest to the quality and performance of CIS solar power plants in the UK, and our future projects with Solar Frontier demonstrate our confidence of our solutions,” said Jochen Kleimaier, General Manager of NEW.

Construction of the first of the Solar Frontier/NEW projects will take place in Q3 2015, although the companies do not indicate how much of the pipeline will qualify for the generous ROC subsidy regime. Project developers that have been granted a grace period to build out projects under the ROC scheme have until March 2016 to complete projects.

Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano said that he was pleased to add significant utility scale business to the company’s supply of the commercial and residential sector in Europe.

“Solar Frontier is going global as part of our long-term growth strategy and the UK is a key market for us,” said Hirano. “We look forward, together with our partner New Energy for the World, to develop, build, and commission turnkey CIS solar power solutions in the UK with the same level of commitment and service that differentiates Solar Frontier in Japan, a market recognized for demanding the highest quality in solar solutions.”

Wolfgang Lange, the Managing Director of Solar Frontier Europe said that the 7.15 MW Banwell project had demonstrated the performance of the company’s CIGS modules in the UK climate.