Solar Frontier’s CIS thin-film modules at 28.8 MW BELECTRIC project in Bochow, Germany. Source:


June 1, 2012—Thin-film solar module manufacturer Solar Frontier (Tokyo) and solar-system integrator BELECTRIC (Kolitzheim, Germany) announced 23 May the installation and grid connection of the world's largest copper-indium-selenide (CIS) thin-film solar-power plant in Bochow, Brandenburg, Germany. The installation of 205,000 thin-film modules from Solar Frontier gives the facility a total output capacity of 28.8 MW

The size of the CIS thin-film power plant demonstrates the increasing significance of CIS technology in the global market and in its ability to obtain funding, in this case from HypoVereinsbank and CommerzReal.

Solar Frontier CIS solar modules were selected for their high efficiency and performance under low-light conditions, and a low temperature coefficient 30 percent to 50 percent lower than many crystalline silicon solar panels.

The relationship between Solar Frontier and BELECTRIC is underscored in the installation of this large CIS thin-film power plant as well as the creation in March 2012 of a new joint venture company, PV CIStems GmbH.