Leading PV thin-film producer First Solar has signed a module supply deal with Clean Energy Collective (CEC) for mid-sized community solar projects. 

Several projects will use First Solar’s CdTe thin-film modules, which include Black Hills Energy in Pueblo, Colorado, sing fixed tilt array, while a community solar project in San Antonio, Texas will deploy modules mounted on a single-axis tracking system.

A project with non-profit NEC Retail (Nueces Electric Cooperative) in Corpus Christi, Texas is expected to be the first large-scale solar garden in a deregulated market. The project will be an 800kW system using single-axis trackers. 

First Solar said that its modules using a special anti-reflective coating (ARC) would be used at a project for Holy Cross Energy in Rifle, Colorado, along with balance of system components from other suppliers.

"The community solar market promises significant growth, and CEC is clearly well-positioned to lead in this space," said Eran Mahrer, Senior Director of Business Development - Utilities for First Solar. "First Solar's module supply agreement is a tangible demonstration of our ongoing commitment to this strategic partnership."

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