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Solar Frontier Americas Sells 20 MW Solar Power Project2016-02-15

 Solar Frontier Americas Sells 20 MW Solar Power Project


Tokyo, February 15, 2016 – Solar Frontier Americas, US subsidiary of the world’s largest CIS solar energy solutions provider, Solar Frontier, announced today it has sold the 20 MW Calipatria solar power generation plant to Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy. Southern Power is a subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the largest utilities in the US with a renewable energy portfolio of over 1,800 MW of capacity ownership. Turner Renewable Energy, owned by Ted Turner, teamed with Southern Company through a subsidiary in January 2010 to form a strategic alliance to pursue the development of renewable energy projects in the US. The partnership between Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy has primarily focused on developing and investing in large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the Southwest. Southern Power’s ninth solar acquisition with Turner Renewable Energy, Solar Frontier America’s Calipatria project, brings the partnership’s overall solar capacity to more than 340 MW operating or under development.


Calipatria Solar Project is constructed with approximately 130,000 CIS modules mounted on single-axis trackers and has a 20-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric Company. Located in Imperial County, California, the project is part of Solar Frontier America’s 280 megawatt US project pipeline. The company currently has a series of projects in various stages of development in the state of California.


Solar Frontier Americas Development, a division of Solar Frontier Americas with offices in San Francisco, California, and Reno, Nevada, developed the Calipatria solar power generation plant. Construction on the project started in August of 2015 and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. The solar plant is expected to be capable of generating enough solar energy to meet the electrical needs of approximately 5,000 homes in the US annually.


Charles Pimentel, COO of Solar Frontier Americas, said, “This is our second solar project sale to Southern Power, a respected utility leader, and this transaction is another demonstration of the strength and acceptance of our product in the US market.”


“Southern Power is building one of the most reliable and robust wholesale renewable energy generation portfolios in the US and we are pleased to add Solar Frontier America’s project, Calipatria,” said Southern Power President and CEO, Oscar C. Harper.


Solar Frontier Americas Development develops utility-scale projects installed with Solar Frontier’s advanced CIS modules, which are manufactured in a fully automated, state-of-the-art plant with consistent precision and the highest level of quality. CIS modules are known to generate higher energy yields (kilowatt-hours per kilowatt peak) in real-world environments than conventional crystalline silicon technologies. Solar Frontier’s projects have increasingly gained the attention of investors and project developers across the Americas.



Photo: Calipatria Solar Project



About Solar Frontier Americas Development LLC

Solar Frontier Americas Development LLC, a subsidiary of Solar Frontier (a global energy solutions company), develops and sells high performing, utility-scale photovoltaic plants in the United States and Latin America. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the development team partners with solar system component suppliers, EPCs, and other developers to deliver optimized, high-yield solar plants that both economically and ecologically help meet the clean energy needs of today.


About Solar Frontier

Solar Frontier K.K., a 100% subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (TYO:5002) (“Solar Frontier”), has a mission to create the most economical, ecological solar energy solutions on Earth. Building on a legacy of work in solar energy since the 1970s, Solar Frontier today develops and manufactures CIS (denoting copper, indium, selenium) thin-film solar modules for customers in all sectors around the world. Solar Frontier’s gigawatt-scale production facilities in Miyazaki, Japan, integrate compelling economical and ecological advantages into every module: from lower energy requirements in manufacturing to the higher overall output (kWh) of CIS in real operating conditions. Solar Frontier is headquartered in Tokyo, with offices in Europe, the U.S.A., and the Middle East. Visit  for more information.                                   


About Turner Renewable Energy



Turner Renewable Energy is wholly owned by Ted Turner. Turner Enterprises Inc., a private company, manages the business interests, land holdings and investments of Ted Turner, including the oversight of 2 million acres in 12 states and in Argentina, and more than 51,000 bison. 


For Solar Frontier U.S. media inquiries, please contact:

Jill Hansen


Tel: +1 925-997-5956



For Solar Frontier global media inquiries, please contact:

Kai Maraun or Akane Yamiya

Corporate Communications Department, Solar Frontier

Tel: +81 (3) 5531-5792



For Southern Company media inquiries contact:

Tel: +1 404-506-5333 or 866-506-5333

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