First Solar Hits 6 Gigawatts

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Originally published on Sustainnovate.
By Henry Lindon

First Solar’s Engineering, Procurement, & Construction Group Passes 6 GW

More than 6 gigawatts (GW) of generation capacity have now been installed by First Solar’s Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) group, according to a new press release from the company.

The new milestone was passed sometime in early February, and was accompanied by the announcement that the company is now installing roughly 30 to 40 megawatts (MW) of new capacity a week.

The First Solar Vice President of Global Project Management and Construction Services, Alan Stringer, commented: “We would like to thank our customers for placing their trust in First Solar to design, procure and build the highest-performing utility-scale solar generation facilities in the world.”

Here’s more information from a new press release: “Stringer said partnerships with strategic customers have enabled First Solar to continually lower the cost of utility-scale solar generation. As well as leading the industry in Research and Development investment, First Solar sets the pace in driving down the cost of Balance of Systems (BoS). For example, he said, First Solar’s application of 1500 V inverters is rapidly becoming an industry standard. And, he pointed out, the company’s manufacturing heritage, combined with the scale of installing 6 GW, has enabled First Solar to develop a ‘manufacturing in the field’ concept that helps drive down BoS cost.”

“Power plant owners benefit from both the lower cost of utility-scale projects built by First Solar and the proven track record of innovation we bring to every project,” Stringer continued. “Our customers also have the confidence that First Solar proudly stands behind the reliability and performance of every asset we build.”

First Solar, a 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist and one of the largest solar power developers and manufacturers in the world, first starting finishing EPC jobs back in 2008 — with the completion of the 10 MW El Dorado Solar Project in Nevada. Recent project completions include the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Project and the 550 MW Topaz Solar Farms.

Image via First Solar

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