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As a responsible renewable energy company, First Solar is committed to sustainable business practices. Our mission is to create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean, affordable solar electricity. We offer an eco-efficient energy solution that provides more solar electricity, at a lower cost, and with the smallest environment impacts per kWh on a lifecycle basis.
With a commitment to sustainable product life-cycle management and corporate responsibility, First Solar is creating enduring value every day – environmentally, socially and economically.
First Solar works to minimize impacts during the construction phase through its commitment to responsible land use. We have worked with NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to identify best practices throughout a utility-scale PV plant’s lifecyle.
Best practices include careful site selection (on low value land), community involvement, impact mitigation and biodiversity protection. First Solar’s PV power projects provide broad-ranging benefits throughout their construction and operation. In addition to generating clean energy and creating local jobs, First Solar projects help protect biodiversity and preserve cultural heritage sites.
“Large-scale use of CdTe PV modules does not present any risks to health and the environment… these modules do not produce any pollutants, and furthermore, by displacing fossil fuels, they offer great environmental benefits. CdTe PV modules appear to be more environmentally friendly than all other current uses of Cd.”
Source: "RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS", Vol 8, 2004, pp 303–334, V M Fthenakis, "Life Cycle Impact Analysis of Cadmium in CdTe PV Production", with permission from Elsevier.
First Solar has integrated environmental responsibility into every aspect of the product life cycle, from raw material sourcing through end-of-life recycling.