First Solar wins 241 MW module supply contract for Australia solar power projects

First Solar won a 241 MW module supply contract by RCR Tomlinson as engineering, procurement and construction contractor for Edify Energy’s Daydream (180.7 MW) and Hayman (60.2 MW) solar projects in Queensland, Australia.

This contract takes First Solar’s delivery pipeline to over 500 MW in the next 12 months, cementing it as the module supplier for large-scale solar power in Australia.

Located across two sites north of Collinsville, the projects will use an optimized technology solution that includes single axis tracking technology from Array Technologies, and more than 2,026,565 First Solar advanced thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules, to produce about 531,000 MWh of sustainable energy each year.

The First Solar Series 4 modules chosen for the projects are ideally suited to the hot and humid environmental conditions of the Whitsunday Region, due to a superior temperature coefficient, and better shading and spectral response.

On completion, the projects will provide environmental benefits, producing enough sustainable energy to displace 429,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year combined. This will serve the needs of nearly 73,000 average Queensland homes, the equivalent of taking nearly 115,000 cars off the road.

Construction on the projects is scheduled to commence in Q3 2017, with module delivery in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018.

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