Leading CdTe thin-film manufacturer and ‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, First Solar reported significantly lower than expected first quarter sales, due primarily to challenges in its EPC PV project business in the US and Japan that impacted sales by US$159 million.
Solar cell production in 2018 represented change on many fronts, but may be remembered as a year during which Chinese-owned companies made further strategic moves as part of the current Beijing mandate to position the country as a high-tech manufacturing global powerhouse.
A new technical report carried out by Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) and sponsored by leading CdTe thin-film manufacturer First Solar, attempts to dispel the assumption that high levels of solar and wind electricity on electricity grids cause grid instability.
Leading CdTe thin-film module manufacturer First Solar is building a 58MW (AC) PV power plant using its next-generation large-area Series 6 modules and single-axis trackers for Facebook’s Prineville Data Center located in Oregon.
NEXTracker, a Flex company has collaborated with CdTe thin-film module manufacturer, First Solar to provide a patent-pending racking technology for First Solar's Series 6 (large-area) panel rollout this year.
Leading CdTe thin-film module manufacturer First Solar has reported an expected weak second quarter in sales as previously guided but also remains impacted by project completion push-outs and ramp-up issues of Series 6 module production, impacted gross margins.
Leading CdTe thin-film module manufacturer First Solar has started production of its large-area Series 6 modules at its first manufacturing plant in Malaysia and said it was nearing the start of production at a third facility as new orders in the second quarter almost reached 900MW.