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  • Solar Energy and the Future of Desalination

    Posted 27 January 2016 5:00 AM by Dr. Raed Bkayrat

    Consider this, 40% of the global population – approximately 2.8 billion people - is currently affected by water scarcity. In the future, we expect photovoltaic (PV) solar to shoulder the bulk of the desalination industry’s energy needs.  

  • Quantifying The Benefits of Utility-Scale Solar PV

    Posted 13 July 2015 6:13 PM by Jim Woodruff

    Today, economists at The Brattle Group released a report finding that utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar generation costs are approximately half those of residential-scale PV and emission reduction benefits are significantly greater. The study, called “Comparative Generation Costs of Utility-Scale and Residential-Scale PV in Xcel Energy Colorado’s Service Area,” is the first to focus on a “solar-to-solar” comparison of equal amounts of residential- and utility-scale PV solar using data from an actual utility system.

  • First Solar Celebrates Kids to Parks Day on May 16th

    Posted 4 May 2015 7:45 PM by Laura Abram

    Organized by National Park Trust (NPT) and other local and national collaborators, Kids to Parks Day is a nation-wide day of outdoor play that celebrates children exploring and learning in nature, and understanding the importance of conserving our planet. First Solar has supported the program since 2012 through grants, volunteerism, and offering site tours of our solar projects in California and Nevada. We’re continuing to support NTP by providing a $20,000 sponsorship to this year&rs...

  • New Projects on Tribal Land Add 200MW to Nevada’s Renewable Energy Portfolio

    Posted 11 March 2015 5:26 PM by Laura Abram

    With construction underway on the 250 megawatt (MW) Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in southern Nevada, First Solar is now working on two additional projects on Tribal land that, when completed, would add 200MW to Nevada’s renewable energy portfolio.

  • End-of-life Management of Photovoltaic Modules – Lessons Learned

    Posted 19 December 2014 8:19 PM by First Solar

    Photovoltaic (PV) technology deployment has grown exponentially recently, resulting in a cumulative global installed capacity of over 100GW at the end of 2012. This translates to approximately 10 to 12 million tons of materials deployed. Sustainable deployment of PV requires sound environmental policies of the companies involved along the whole value chain throughout product lifecycle, including end-of-life treatment. In mature and saturated markets of products like cars or electronic equipment,...

  • First Solar PV Power Plants Help Protect Biodiversity while Generating Clean Electricity

    Posted 13 February 2014 5:25 PM by Karen Drozdiak

    Responsible land use and biodiversity protection are the cornerstone of one of First Solar’s core values: “Environmental Responsibility.” By building and operating environmentally friendly PV power plants, First Solar helps protect endangered animal and plant species while generating clean electricity that will contribute to the grid for 25 or more years.

  • Tracking Systems Help Boost the Eco-Efficiency of PV Power Plants

    Posted 26 June 2013 5:36 PM by First Solar

    Eco-efficiency is the concept of creating more value with less environmental impact. First Solar’s mission ‘to create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean and affordable solar electricity’ articulates the company’s commitment to eco-efficiency. By producing affordable PV power plants with proven energy yield advantages along with the smallest carbon footprint, lowest water use, and fastest energy payback time of all solar technologies, First Solar is leading the way with eco-efficient PV energy solutions.

  • First Solar Celebrates its “Faces of Climate Change” on Earth Day

    Posted 22 April 2013 9:36 PM by Lettemieke Mulder

    For over 40 years, Earth Day – April 22nd – has inspired individuals and organizations to consider their environmental impact and commit to sustainability actions.

  • German Environmental Group Praises Municipal Utilities as the Pioneers of the German Energy Transition

    Posted 21 March 2013 10:34 PM by Lettemieke Mulder

    Local municipal utilities can play an important role in increasing solar PV’s share in the electricity mix. In Germany, local utilities are proving to be the engine behind the energy transition towards renewables.

  • First Solar Investigates Water Footprint in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics

    Posted 8 March 2013 5:18 PM by First Solar

    First Solar’s technical article titled “Life Cycle Water Usage in CdTe Photovoltaics” has been published in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, a leading international scientific journal. The paper was written by First Solar’s Parikhit Sinha and Amy Meader along with SmartGreenScan’s Mariska de Wild-Scholten. The article documents First Solar’s water footprint over the life cycle of a cadmium telluride photovoltaics (CdTe PV) installation.

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