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  • AC Power Block: Bringing Energy to Everyone

    Posted 18 December 2014 10:42 AM by Mark McIntyre

    When it comes to delivering energy across the globe, First Solar distributes bankable PV energy at the lowest Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) in the world's most diverse regions. With our AC Power Block offering, we are able to maximize energy output and grid stability through proven plant technologies and services.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Desert Sunlight Fund Grants Help Revitalize Local Community

    Posted 15 February 2013 11:24 AM by Alan Bernheimer

    Although Interstate 10 passes right by Desert Center, population 200, most travelers do just that—pass by. But now, once again, outside forces are changing Desert Center. The area’s abundant sunshine and nearby transmission lines have attracted solar power project developers, including the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight Solar Farm being built by First Solar.

  • 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.

  • Canine Census Takers Help Topaz Protect Endangered Kit Fox

    Posted 12 November 2012 4:30 PM by Alan Bernheimer

    This fall, Topaz Solar Farms is conducting its fourth annual census of the San Joaquin kit fox on the project site in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. The effort is part of the 550-megawatt solar project’s effort to avoid, minimize and mitigate environmental impact.

  • Dignitaries Brave Elements to Mark Historic Australian Solar Inauguration

    Posted 6 November 2012 5:00 PM by First Solar

    First Solar’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Widmar, helped to open Australia’s first large-scale photovoltaic solar project last month, joined by the Western Australia Energy Minister, the project owners Verve Energy and GE Energy Financial Services and…millions of tenacious flies.