Solar Frontier to Ship Panels, Etc to 8.1MW Solar Plant in UK

2014/07/14 16:26
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute

Solar Frontier KK (Minato Ward, Tokyo) announced July 10, 2014, that it will deliver solar panels for an 8.1MW solar power plant to be built by New Energy for the World GmbH (NEW) in Banwell, the UK.

NEW will install Solar Frontier's CIS-based solar penels at the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, which is expected to generate 9,000,000kWh of electricity per year. NEW is a firm that is specialized in the construction of renewable energy-based power generation systems and based in Regensburg, Germany.

For this project, Solar Frontier will also provide cables and inverters along with solar panels and optimally combine peripheral devices, etc to maximize the system efficiency of the entire plant. The two companies have already signed a contract at Intersolar Europe, a trade show on solar power generation-related products, and will start the construction of the plant in September 2014.

Solar Frontier's CIS-based solar cells are expected to generate a relatively large amount of electricity even in high-latitude regions, which receive fewer hours of sunlight, such as the UK. Also, the quality of its solar panels is assured by the "Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)." As a result, the UK's feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme can be applied to solar power plants using the panels if they are installed on the ground or on a roof (50kW or less output).

The MCS is the UK's certification system that sets its own standards with regard to products and contractors related to micro power generation to assure their qualities. Its operating body is the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Moreover, the solar cells comply with Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS), which is the restriction of hazardous substances set by the European Union.