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GEM Energy said it had started construction of a 2MW ground-mounted PV power plant for the Ohio Northern University that will use a single axis tracker system with CdTe thin-film modules from First Solar. Image: First Solar

Solar developer GEM Energy said it had started construction of a 2MW ground-mounted PV power plant for the Ohio Northern University that will use a single axis tracker system with CdTe thin-film modules from First Solar.

GEM Energy said that the PV power would supply about 10% of Ohio Northern University's annual electricity needs and a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) had been signed with the university. 

“This project underscores the value and importance of renewable energy to ONU, and we are pleased to add this solar array to the university's sustainability footprint,” ONU President Daniel DiBiasio said. “Not only will the university benefit from this endeavor, but our students in particular will realize its value, especially those who are involved in co-op and similar opportunities on this site. This puts the concept of high-impact learning in action.”

The project will use around 18,000 CdTe thin-film modules. Construction will be complete late this year.

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