Optimizing Energy Output and Revenue for Customers
First Solar has established the most advanced operations and maintenance program in the PV industry. First Solar O&M combines power prediction and analytical capabilities with advanced diagnostics and plant controls in order to maximize power output, minimize maintenance costs, and provide seamless grid integration for our customers. With more than 1GW of utility-scale PV plants under operation to date, we maintain a fleet average system availability of over 99%, well above the industry modeled standard of 98%. Our expert O&M ensures our power plants produce the energy predicted in their energy model, as demonstrated by our track record of averaging more than 100% of expected energy.
First Solar's Operations Center
We have invested significantly in O&M by developing an industry-leading centralized operations center where we currently operate and maintain more than 20 utility-scale PV plants with a total generation capacity of more than 1GW. The First Solar Operations Center combines our power prediction and analytical capabilities with our advanced diagnostics and plant controls in order to maximize energy output and minimize maintenance costs for our customers. Our goal is to optimize our customers' power plants to produce the maximum amount of energy and revenue under their PPA. First Solar’s O&M is compliant with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards and is designed to be scalable to accommodate the growing needs of our O&M customers worldwide.