First Solar Signs 1.7 GW Module Contract With Intersect Power

First Solar will supply more than 1.7 GW of its Series 6 PV modules to renewable energy developer Intersect Power as part of a multiyear supply agreement.

First Solar 1.7 GW Intersect Power

US-headquartered First Solar has announced that it will supply more than 1.7 gigawatts (GW) of its high-performance Series 6 photovoltaic (PV) modules to utility-scale renewable energy developer Intersect Power as part of a multiyear supply agreement.

The modules supplied as part of the agreement is the single largest order for Series 6 modules to date that First Solar has received. And it has been revealed that they will be deployed at five projects developed by Intersect Power and built by Signal Energy in Texas and California. In addition to this 1.7 GW portfolio, Intersect Power also has a multi-gigawatt pipeline of projects in early- and mid-stage development.

Deliveries as part of the contract will commence in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will continue until the end of 2021.

“With the scale of this transaction, we knew it was critical to partner with a top-tier module manufacturer like First Solar that can reliably deliver a world-class, high-performance product at competitive prices,” said Sheldon Kimber, CEO, and co-founder of Intersect Power.

Produced in just 3.5 hours using sophisticated, fully-integrated manufacturing processes, each large-format Series 6 module leverages the company’s proprietary thin-film technology, retaining the proven performance and reliability advantages of earlier generation modules. The innovative design, the company claims, with its larger form factor and under-mount, single cross-bar frame, improves installation rates and Balance of System (BOS) costs. With a carbon footprint that is up to six times lower than crystalline silicon PV panels that are manufactured using conventional, energy-intensive production methods, Series 6 delivers a superior environmental profile and cleaner solar electricity.

“Intersect Power’s decision to invest in Series 6 on such a large scale validates the technology’s performance advantage over conventional solar panels, its competitiveness, and its bankability,” said Georges Antoun, chief commercial officer, First Solar.

First Solar is expanding its manufacturing capacity to meet the demand for Series 6 modules, with its second facility in the United States – representing nearly $1 billion in cumulative investment – expected to start production in early-2020. Once operational, the new facility in Perrysburg, Ohio, will take First Solar’s aggregate Series 6 manufacturing capacity to 5.4 GW per year.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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