Today Solar Frontier announced that it will supply 150 MW of solar PV modules to Cyprus Creek Renewables for solar projects in Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Montana and Texas. The individual projects are 2-10 MW in size and will be completed throughout 2016.
Solar Frontier is the worlds largest manufacturer of copper indium gallium diselenide (GIGS or CIS) solar PV modules, and the second-largest thin-film maker after First Solar. The company formed an international project development joint venture with Belectric in 2012, but spent the next few years largely concentrating on a growing Japanese solar market, which soaked up most of the output of its 900 MW Kunitomi manufacturing plant in Southern Japan.
Solar Frontier began to internationalize again a year ago with the acquisition of a 280 MW project pipeline in the United States from Gestamp. Todays deal to supply modules to a third-party developer is further progress for the company in the U.S. market.
Market analysts are predicting a contraction in the Japanese market on the back of grid constraints and a lack of available land for large-scale projects. This makes internationalization all the more important for Japanese PV makers.