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Solar Frontier, Belectric complete pilot thin-film PV project

28 Sep 2011

Japanese photovoltaic (PV) developer Solar Frontier and German solar company Belectric have completed the first project using Solar Frontier’s thin-film modules. The 340kW array has been installed on the roof of a supermarket car park in Schwabach, Germany, and consists of 2,500 modules.

Martin Zemsch, managing director of Belectric, said, ‘Our first pilot installation of this kind with Solar Frontier CIS technology has a forecast output of 374,000 kWh and an expected reduction of 255 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The new CIS installation provides the additional benefits of Solar Frontier’s solar panel technology, including an all-black finish that fits better into the overall landscape, and high durability to withstand harsh weather conditions – making them the ideal choice for Belectric and the supermarket’s management.’

Wolfgang Lange, managing director of Solar Frontier Europe, added, ‘This first parking lot roof project collaboration between Solar Frontier and Belectric offers supermarkets the compelling economical and ecological benefits of CIS solar power. The installation’s nomination for Schwabach’s environmental award provides increasing evidence that our CIS solar modules are the most eco-friendly currently on the market. We have taken another step together with trusted partners like Belectric to further position Solar Frontier as the technology leader in the market.’

An additional feature of the new system is a charging post by Belectric Drive that allows customers with electric vehicle (EV) to charge their cars while shopping.

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