Solar Frontier, Belectric in EPC plan

Solar Frontier has revealed plans to team up with German PV system-integrator Belectric and Shoseki Engineering & Construction (SEC) to provide comprehensive EPC services for solar projects in Japan.

This month, the three companies started developing a solar plant in southern Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture, Solar Frontier said in a statement, without disclosing further details.

The strategic alliance is “designed to deliver greater value” and cater to Japanese “demand for ‘total solutions” by matching Solar Frontier’s PV modules with Belectric’s know-how in utility-scale solar installation and SEC’s ties with key suppliers in the Japanese market, the Tokyo-based thin-film panel maker said.

Solar Frontier, a subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu, has collaborated on PV projects with Belectric since 2010. In 2012, the two sides set up a joint venture, PV CIStems, to develop solar projects outside of Japan.

“This alliance agreement formalizes (our) co-operation going forward to achieve further efficiency in execution, faster project completion and optimized return on investment,” Solar Frontier said.

In late October, Solar Frontier delivered 86MW of modules to industrial engineering specialist Chiyoda Corp. for 18 solar projects throughout Japan.

Belectric, meanwhile, increasingly appears to be focusing on forging alliances. In September, it revealed plans to work with PV giant First Solar on projects in Europe and North Africa via a new, Germany-based joint venture called PV Projects.