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World News | August 2012

First Solar installs 10 millionth power plant PV module

First Solar said that its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) team has installed its 10 millionth solar photovoltaic (PV) module in a utility-scale solar power project. The installation took place at the 550 MW AC Desert Sunlight solar farm project that the company is constructing for NextEra Energy Resources and GE Energy Financial Services. First Solar is the largest PV solar power plant construction firm and was recently recognised by Engineering News-Record as the fifth-largest construction firm in the power sector. The Desert Sunlight project is part of the company’s 2.7 GW AC utility-scale solar project pipeline in North America, which will support 7,000 supply chain and construction jobs over the next several years. Desert Sunlight located in Riverside County, California, is creating an average of 400 construction jobs.

Jim Lamon, Senior V-P, EPC and O&M, First Solar, said, “Today’s milestone underscores First Solar’s leadership in delivering integrated PV solar power plants and it’s just the beginning. It’s also fitting to install our 10 millionth EPC module at the Desert Sunlight project, which will set a solar record as well. When completed in 2015, it will be one of the two largest PV solar projects in the world, along with the 550 MW Topaz project we’re building in San Luis Obispo County.”

First Solar has cumulatively produced almost 80 million of its advanced thin-film solar modules, enough to circle the earth almost 2.5 times. The total represents a peak generating capacity of over 6 GW, enough to power 3 million homes and displace over 4 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
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