First Solar installs 10 millionth power plant photovoltaic module

Tempe, Ariz., June 25, 2012 — First Solar’s engineering, procurement and construction team has installed its 10 millionth solar photovoltaic module in a utility-scale solar power project.

The installation took place at the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm solar project that the company is constructing for NextEra Energy Resources and GE Energy Financial Services.

First Solar is the largest PV solar power plant construction firm, and was recently recognized by Engineering News-Record as the fifth largest construction firm in the power sector.

The Desert Sunlight project is part of First Solar’s 2.7 GW utility-scale solar project pipeline in North America, which will support 7,000 supply chain and construction jobs over the next several years. Desert Sunlight, located near the community of Desert Center in Riverside County, Calif., is creating an average of 400 construction jobs.

First Solar has cumulatively produced almost 80 million of its advanced thin-film solar modules, enough to circle the earth almost 2.5 times. The total represents a peak generating capacity of more than 6 GW, enough to power 3 million homes and displace over 4 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.

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