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  • Australia's first utility scale solar plant performing above expectations

    Posted 12 April 2016 4:00 AM by First Solar

    Globally, most PV solar plants experience lower levels of performance and availability during the initial period of operation. This is typically due to equipment infant mortality and construction quality issues. However, the Greenough River Solar Farm, located 50km southeast of Geraldton in Western Australia, boasted an outstanding 99.6% effective availability in its first three years of operation. 

  • HopSol Selects First Solar

    Posted 29 February 2016 5:00 AM by First Solar

    HopSol AG, a Swiss solar developer, has selected First Solar's thin-film PV modules to power the Otjozondjupa Solar Park, which is expected to account for approximately one percent of the country’s total generation capacity.

  • Solar Grid Integration Increases Grid Stability

    Posted 22 October 2015 4:00 AM by First Solar

    When integrated into the grid, solar photovoltaic energy can be an important component to maintaining grid stability. Agua Caliente, a photovoltaic (PV) solar plant capable of generating 290 MW, is connected to the grid via the 500 kV Palo Verde Hassayampa transmission line from Arizona to California.

  • Quantifying The Benefits of Utility-Scale Solar PV

    Posted 13 July 2015 6:13 PM by Jim Woodruff

    Today, economists at The Brattle Group released a report finding that utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar generation costs are approximately half those of residential-scale PV and emission reduction benefits are significantly greater. The study, called “Comparative Generation Costs of Utility-Scale and Residential-Scale PV in Xcel Energy Colorado’s Service Area,” is the first to focus on a “solar-to-solar” comparison of equal amounts of residential- and utility-scale PV solar using data from an actual utility system.

  • First Solar Brings More Power to India

    Posted 2 July 2015 5:57 PM by Sujoy Ghosh

    Earlier this year, at RE-INVEST 2015, First Solar made a “Green Energy Commitment” to develop 5GW of solar capacity in India by 2019. Together, First Solar and India are working to realize a shared vision and meet India's growing demand for sustainable, renewable energy.

  • Nyngan Solar Plant Achieves Full Generation

    Posted 12 June 2015 3:12 PM by Ewan Norton Smith

    AGL Energy Limited (AGL) has confirmed that the Nyngan solar plant in western New South Wales (NSW) has achieved full generation, sending 102 MW of renewable energy into Australia’s National Electricity Market.

  • First Solar Breaks Ground on Jordan’s Largest PV Plant

    Posted 9 June 2015 1:30 PM by First Solar

    First Solar has started construction of the 52.5 megawatt (MW)AC Shams Ma’an photovoltaic power plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

  • First Modules Installed at Broken Hill Solar Plant

    Posted 7 May 2015 10:16 PM by Ewan Norton Smith

    Australia’s solar industry has reached another major milestone with the installation of the first advanced photovoltaic (PV) modules at the 53 megawatt (MW) Broken Hill Solar Plant in regional New South Wales (NSW). With a higher energy yield than traditional crystalline silicon modules, particularly in hot climates as experienced in NSW, First Solar’s advanced PV modules have set the industry benchmark for utility-scale solar generation in Australia. In the coming months, over 650...

  • Final Panel Installed at the Largest Solar Project in Australia

    Posted 20 April 2015 10:36 PM by First Solar

    Last week, First Solar put into place the last module at the Nyngan Solar Plant in New South Wales, officially marking the capstone of Australia’s largest solar project.

  • California Hits Unprecedented Milestone with 5% of State’s Energy from Solar

    Posted 2 April 2015 8:59 PM by First Solar

    Great news came out of California last week as the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced it was first state to have more than 5 percent of its annual electricity generation come from utility-scale solar power.

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