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  • The Apple Factor

    Posted 22 April 2015 12:31 PM by Marc van Gerven

    Exploring wholesale C&I: Why First Solars energy procurement deal with Apple could raise the commercial & industrial solar segment to a new level

  • Solar Electricity: Contributing to Grid Stability

    Posted 26 March 2015 12:38 PM by First Solar

    Grid stability is a topic that many countries and regions new to utility-scale solar have questions and concerns about.

  • U.S. Officials Tour Perrysburg Manufacturing Facility

    Posted 27 February 2015 2:46 PM by First Solar

    As First Solar continues to make news around the world with its technology, growth and industry leadership, U.S. government officials are taking notice and want to see the company’s efforts for themselves.

  • Utility-Scale Solar Project Design Becomes More Accessible

    Posted 20 January 2015 12:00 AM by David Spieldenner

    The First Solar Energy Capacity Assessment Tool is a self-service design resource for developers

  • 10GW and Counting!

    Posted 19 January 2015 12:00 AM by Georges Antoun

    This month, we marked an incredible milestone at First Solar with more than 10,000 megawatts (MW), or 10 gigawatts (GW), of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity manufactured and installed worldwide. This achievement makes First Solar a global leader in generating clean, affordable solar energy.

  • The Next Generation Utility-Scale PV Plant

    Posted 9 December 2014 1:22 PM by Mahesh Morjaria

    As the average cost per kWh of utility-scale PV projects continues to drop, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for solar is reaching grid parity in some parts of the world. The next-generation utility-scale PV plant holds the promise of making solar energy even more cost-effective.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • First Solar Donates Panels to Kandahar University

    Posted 15 January 2013 4:00 PM by Alan Bernheimer

    First Solar has donated 130 kilowatts of its advanced thin-film photovoltaic solar panels to Kandahar University in Afghanistan to support the university's program of energy independence. Solar power will displace expensive diesel-fired generation for the campus.