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Showa Shell Unit to Supply Solar Panels for California Project

January 19, 2012

Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. of Japan will supply as much as 150 megawatts of thin-film solar panels to a North American renewable energy unit of EDF Energies Nouvelles SA.

The panel contract is worth more than 10 billion yen ($130 million), Akane Yamiya, a spokeswoman for Show Shell unit Solar Frontier K.K. said by phone today in Tokyo. She declined to give further details.

Solar Frontier is supplying the panels to enXco Inc. for a solar park project in Kern County, California, which will be built in two phases, the companies said in a statement yesterday.

About 60 megawatts of generation capacity is targeted to go online by the end of the year and the rest of the project by June 2013. The plant will generate enough power for about 35,000 homes a year, the companies said.

Solar Frontier will supply panels using copper, indium, gallium and selenium, known as CIGS, produced at a factory in Miyazaki prefecture in southwestern Japan, according to Yamiya.

The company has annual capacity of about 1,000 megawatts at its three factories, all in Miyazaki.

“We are considering increasing our capacity,” Yamiya said, without commenting further.

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