First Solar targeting utility-scale community solar projects in US

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Leading CdTe thin-film producer First Solar said it had secured a total of 121MW of community solar projects in the US with around 41MW (DC) under construction by EPC firm M+W Energy. Image: First Solar

Leading CdTe thin-film producer First Solar said it had secured a total of 121MW of community solar projects in the US with around 41MW (DC) under construction by EPC firm M+W Energy.

First Solar noted that its CdTe thin-film modules would be used in the projects and that the power generated by the plants would be purchased by a regional utility's consumers through a special community solar programme. First Solar said many of the projects were still in development stages and therefore would not be disclosing the owners and off-takers at this stage.

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“This scale of community solar implementation is extraordinary, and suggests the enormous potential for this market segment,” said Georges Antoun, First Solar's chief commercial officer. “Small one-off installations cannot match the economies of scale realised by utility-scale portfolios that minimize development costs, transaction costs and building costs, while bringing end consumers the freedom to choose solar energy.” 

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