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First Solar Launching PV Project Assessment Application, First In Industry

Series-3-Black-PlusThe noted solar energy project developer First Solar is taking the logical next step forward, with regard to its online presence, with the launch of a comprehensive Energy Capacity Assessment Tool. The tool is currently being showcased at the 2015 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

The assessment tool represents the first of its kind in the industry, according to First Solar — and will allow developers + investors to easily evaluate the feasibility and energy output of potential ground-mounted utility-scale projects based around First Solar’s advanced thin-film solar cells.

The tool will allow those using it to “plot potential sites on a mapping interface; design a plant, while adjusting configurations to maximize energy output; and generate a report that includes site-specific estimated capacity and energy yield, while factoring in irradiation levels, average temperatures, project construction timing and more.”

Those interested will find the tool here.

In addition to the new tool, First Solar is also showcasing its next-gen First Solar Series 4 thin-film photovoltaic (PV) module, and AC Power Block solar power plant solution at the summit. Said Series 4 PV module “offers up to 8% more energy than conventional crystalline silicon modules with the same power rating, and is compatible with advanced 1500-volt plant architectures.”

While the AC Power Block is a “configurable, pre-engineered system that is based on First Solar’s proven PV plant design and energy prediction model, and is available in modular units ranging from 800 kilowatts (kW) to 3.8 megawatts (MW).”

“As the energy transition ratifies solar power’s role in the global generation portfolio, there has never been a greater emphasis on maximizing energy yield in real-world conditions. Our mission, reflected in the range of solutions on show at the World Future Energy Summit, is to respond to our customers’ energy yield priorities with singular solutions designed to address specific challenges,” stated Joseph Kishkill, Chief Commercial Officer, First Solar.

Image Credit: First Solar

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