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.
“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.”