Solar Frontier says that 80 MW of its thin-film solar modules have now been delivered to the Catalina solar plant in Kern County, Calif. The project will total 143.2 MW when complete.
The plant will be developed, built and owned by EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco). The first phase of approximately 50 MW is anticipated to go online by the end of this year, while the remainder of the project is targeted for completion by June 2013.
Solar Frontier delivered its modules to the Catalina project site in 623 shipping containers. Securing its modules on a custom-designed steel-resin pallet with reusable plastic corner pieces, Solar Frontier has increased the module-container density of worldwide shipments by 130%, cut its logistics carbon footprint by more than 10%, all while lowering its module breakage rate to a record 0.002%, the company claims.