In a move toward power generation, First Solar has begun the operation of a 1.3MW solar power plant on the roof of its production site in Frankfurt (Oder). The company now represents the entire value chain of photovoltaics, from manufacturing of the solar modules and power generation to recycling.
“As one of the most important future industries, the solar industry is of tremendous significance for Brandenburg,” said Ralf Christoffers, minister for economic affairs of Brandenburg. “For years now, we have been successfully promoting the sustainable support of renewable energy and are therefore pleased that First Solar is taking the lead in an exemplary manner and is now using solar energy to manufacture its modules.”
The new plant will generate more than 1000MWh of clean energy every year, using more than 17,070 FS-275 thin-film modules installed over the 12,400-square-meter facility. More than 120 inverters transform the power into alternating current, which is then fed into the local network from the internal First Solar network.
“Our corporate philosophy is to generate environmentally friendly energy at competitive prices,” said Burghard von Westerholt, plant manager and managing director of First Solar’s manufacturing. “With the solar power plant, we cover the entire solar cycle at our German plant and offer a sustainable alternative to conventional energy sources from manufacturing and power generation to recycling.”