First Solar Hits 10 GW Of Installed PV Capacity Milestone

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

The internationally leading solar energy developer First Solar recently achieved a new milestone as far as installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity goes, hitting the 10 gigawatts (GW) mark, according to recent reports.

The company is apparently the first thin-film solar PV module manufacturer in the world to achieve this milestone — guess that’s where the “First” part of the company’s name comes from. First Solar has certainly been something of a pioneering force in the thin-film sector since its creation back in 2002.

According to the recent announcement from First Solar — which was made at the start of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi — the company has now installed enough solar modules worldwide to circle the globe three-and-a-half times over.

These 10 GW of installed capacity produced an estimated 14,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity last year, roughly the equivalent of the annual energy consumption of Washington, DC — impressive, especially since DC is not exactly the most energy-efficient city/district in the world.

Another way to think about what that number means is as the equivalent of the annual production of 20 or so “average” coal-fired power plants.

“This is much more than just a celebration of First Solar’s track record and the trust that our customers have placed in our technology. This milestone is a clear indication that solar is no longer a subsidy-driven extra; it has evolved into a valued component of the global generation portfolio, able to hold its own in terms of cost competitiveness and energy yield,” stated James Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, First Solar. “Thanks to our commitment to continuous improvement, we have been able to contribute towards the global transition to renewables by offering our customers solutions to their very specific energy challenges.”

Image Credit: First Solar

Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

CleanTechnica Holiday Wish Book

Holiday Wish Book Cover

Click to download.

Our Latest EVObsession Video

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we've decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But...
Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!
Thank you!

CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.

James Ayre

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

James Ayre has 4830 posts and counting. See all posts by James Ayre

3 thoughts on “First Solar Hits 10 GW Of Installed PV Capacity Milestone

  • Great. Let’s make that a TW.

    • Would cost around $1.3T plus land and transmission costs. That equates to about $11,600 per income tax payer in the US, and if used without storage loss, would supply about 34% of the electric energy demand.

  • That’s a nice start. Now lets do 100 times that.

Comments are closed.