Celebrating 20 years of success

October 7th, 2019, Published in Articles: Energize

First Solar is celebrating two decades since its founding in 1999 and 25 GW DC of photovoltaic (PV) modules shipped, making it the only American solar manufacturing company to achieve this milestone. The company achieved commercial production of its proprietary thin film module technology in 2002. Since then, it has celebrated numerous milestones, including the establishment of the industry’s first PV module recycling programme in 2005, and becoming the first solar module manufacturer to break the $1/W barrier, while also producing 1 GW of modules in 2009.

More recently, the company launched its new large-format Series 6 module. Produced in just 3,5 hours using sophisticated, fully-integrated manufacturing processes at factories in the United States, Malaysia, and Vietnam, the Series 6 module has a carbon footprint that is up to six times lower than crystalline silicon PV panels that are manufactured using conventional, energy-intensive production methods. Meanwhile, First Solar Energy Services, an O&M provider, is also celebrating ten years of success and 10 GW of assets under management.

Contact Reuven Proenca, First Solar, reuven.proenca@firstsolar.com

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