Tokyo, January 27th, 2016 – Solar Frontier Americas Development, a utility-scale solar project developer and financier of high-performing solar projects and subsidiary of Solar Frontier, announced today that it will hold a ribbon cutting event for Calipatria, its 20 MW solar project currently nearing completion in the Imperial Valley of California. Solar Frontier Americas Development, one of the largest solar developers in Imperial County, will host government and local officials at the project site near the county seat of El Centro, California.
The Calipatria project will deliver approximately 52,200 MWh of clean energy per year – enough energy to power almost 5,000 homes along with offsetting over 39,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. The solar energy plant project generated dozens of jobs and employed local workers in Imperial County. Over the lifetime of the solar plant, it will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in local sales and property taxes and will help contribute to the local economy.
Senator Ben Hueso, representative of the 40th district, has actively worked to create policies that would support renewable energy projects in Imperial County. “I’m pleased with the Solar Frontier Americas solar project and the benefits of job creation and local economic support it’s brought to Imperial Valley,” said Senator Hueso.
Cary Vandenberg, VP of Business Development and Managing Director of Solar Frontier Americas Development, said, “Our team proficiently executed management of this project working closely with Imperial County officials. We thank them for their forward-thinking leadership in regard to renewable energy and the role they played in supporting the progress of this solar project.”
Solar Frontier Americas Development was formed when Solar Frontier acquired the North America Solar Project pipeline of Gestamp Solar in early 2015. The newly formed subsidiary has assembled a highly-skilled development team and began execution on a 280 MW pipeline of approximately 10 photovoltaic (PV) projects located primarily in California.
About Solar Frontier Americas Development LLC
Based in San Francisco, California, Solar Frontier Americas Development LLC, develops and sells utility-scale solar power generation plants. With an accomplished expert development team who have managed the construction of hundreds of megawatts of solar energy power generation plants, the company specializes in delivering best-in-class projects managed and constructed for long-term, superior performance.
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.