Solar Frontier, a Japanese thin film solar company with big plans (and a 100 percentsubsidiary of Showa Shell), just announced that it will supply SaudiAramco with 10 megawatts of CIS solar modules for a car parkinstallation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The installation will be one ofthe largest photovoltaic-covered parking lots in the world, atapproximately 40 acres when completed by the end of 2011.
The panels will cover 4,450 parking spaces and will have a capacity of10 megawatts, providing all the building’s daytime power needs. Theurban parking lots in that part of the world tend to be covered, anyway.
Solar Frontier has had product in the field since 2003 and with thebacking of Shell, Showa and other big-money sources, has a sizablebalance sheet. They are ready to invest billions of dollars andthey’re already on their way with a 900-megawatt panel factory inMiyazaki, Japan that will be one of the largest PV factories in theworld when it is completed.