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  • California Hits Unprecedented Milestone with 5% of State’s Energy from Solar

    Posted 2 April 2015 4:59 PM by First Solar

    Great news came out of California last week as the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced it was first state to have more than 5 percent of its annual electricity generation come from utility-scale solar power.

  • 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.

  • Our Partnership with Clean Energy Collective to Bring Solar Energy to a Broader Market

    Posted 11 December 2014 4:59 PM by Marc van Gerven

    Yesterday, we announced a new partnership with the Clean Energy Collective, the nation’s leading community solar provider, to develop and market community solar offerings to residential customers and businesses as a solution for client utilities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • First Solar Investigates Water Footprint in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics

    Posted 8 March 2013 12:18 PM by First Solar

    First Solar’s technical article titled “Life Cycle Water Usage in CdTe Photovoltaics” has been published in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, a leading international scientific journal. The paper was written by First Solar’s Parikhit Sinha and Amy Meader along with SmartGreenScan’s Mariska de Wild-Scholten. The article documents First Solar’s water footprint over the life cycle of a cadmium telluride photovoltaics (CdTe PV) installation.

  • Orbiting-Sun-CLP

    Posted 7 February 2013 4:25 PM by Tom Cheyney

    The sight of a massive, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant under construction can be awe inspiring, with millions of shimmering glass panels lined up, row after row, across swaths of wide-open desert. While the clean technology on display may be visually dramatic and a testament to solar power’s coming of age, consider the personnel situation. The tradespeople and the professional and administrative staff hired to put these installations together are working on types of projects that have, until recently, never been built before.

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