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  • First Solar PV Power Plants Help Protect Biodiversity while Generating Clean Electricity

    Posted 13 February 2014 12:25 PM by Karen Drozdiak

    Responsible land use and biodiversity protection are the cornerstone of one of First Solar’s core values: “Environmental Responsibility.” By building and operating environmentally friendly PV power plants, First Solar helps protect endangered animal and plant species while generating clean electricity that will contribute to the grid for 25 or more years.

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  • MENA Solar Dispatch: The Middle East’s Solar Energy Sunrise

    Posted 30 October 2013 12:00 AM by Ahmed Nada

    Just a short drive away from Dubai’s awe-inspiring skyline, lies the first phase of the Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park: row-upon-row of black solar panels shimmers in the heat, a seemingly futuristic mirage in the desert. Born of a vision for a sustainable future, the plant’s 152,880 First Solar thin film modules work silently, using the photovoltaic (PV) effect to convert sunlight into electricity.

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  • Sabertooth Cat Fossils Discovered on First Solar’s Desert Sunlight Project Site

    Posted 20 September 2013 7:00 PM by First Solar

    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, preserve cultural heritage sites and contribute to rare paleontological discoveries.

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  • European Solar Dispatch: Brimming with Potential

    Posted 27 August 2013 8:57 PM by Stefan Degener

    Even as the last containers were shipped from Munich, Germany, marking the end of InterSolar Europe, it was apparent that Europe remains upbeat. If the numbers are anything to go by - over 50,000 visitors, including a significant First Solar delegation, from 150 countries - the industry, and the region, continues to brim with potential.

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  • Tracking Systems Help Boost the Eco-Efficiency of PV Power Plants

    Posted 26 June 2013 1:36 PM by First Solar

    Eco-efficiency is the concept of creating more value with less environmental impact. First Solar’s mission ‘to create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean and affordable solar electricity’ articulates the company’s commitment to eco-efficiency. By producing affordable PV power plants with proven energy yield advantages along with the smallest carbon footprint, lowest water use, and fastest energy payback time of all solar technologies, First Solar is leading the way with eco-efficient PV energy solutions.

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  • Orbiting the Sun: ‘Australian Made’ Solar Projects Jump-Start Local Manufacturing Sector

    Posted 2 May 2013 11:47 AM by Matt Law

    First Solar sparks local supply chain employment through its Australian projects

    Renewable energy development is growing at impressive rates in Australia. In particular, if you’ve heard of Bill Bryson’s popular book, “In a Sunburned Country,” it’s no stretch to imagine the potential for solar generation in Australia. Solar energy is the most abundant of Australia’s natural resources, and should be playing a much larger role in Australia’s energy mix.

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  • First Solar Celebrates its “Faces of Climate Change” on Earth Day

    Posted 22 April 2013 5:36 PM by Lettemieke Mulder

    For over 40 years, Earth Day – April 22nd – has inspired individuals and organizations to consider their environmental impact and commit to sustainability actions.

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  • Pronghorn-Antelope

    Posted 29 March 2013 1:11 PM by Alan Bernheimer

    The same GPS technology that increasingly triangulates our lives is helping scientists study the pronghorn antelope that roam the Carrizo Plain near the 3,500-acre Topaz Solar Farms project, currently under construction in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. 

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  • German Environmental Group Praises Municipal Utilities as the Pioneers of the German Energy Transition

    Posted 21 March 2013 6:34 PM by Lettemieke Mulder

    Local municipal utilities can play an important role in increasing solar PV’s share in the electricity mix. In Germany, local utilities are proving to be the engine behind the energy transition towards renewables.

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  • The Tradition of Subsidies in US Energy Development and Infrastructure

    Posted 14 March 2013 1:06 PM by Ken Zweibel

    There is substantial historical precedent, even historical momentum, for subsidizing solar energy deployment. Not a single form of electricity generation – be it coal, oil, hydro, natural gas, or nuclear – failed to receive significant government support, especially during early deployment.

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