SB Energy Order Fresh 1.5 GW Solar Modules from First Solar in USA

Highlights :

  • The large procurement of modules are meant to help SB Energy to develop the 4 GW solar and storage projects in the US.
  • The entire order of 1.5 GW of the modules will be manufactured in the Ohio plant of First Solar.

SB Energy Global has said that it has placed an order for 1.5 GW ultra-low carbon thin-film solar modules necessary for it’s 4GW solar and storage development projects in the United States. The modules will be sourced for multiple years from First Solar, the largest manufacturer of thin-film modules in the US. SB Energy Global is a subsidiary of SoftBank.

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The entire order of 1.5 GW of the modules will be produced in the Ohio manufacturing plant of First Solar. This procurement supports SB Energy’s objectives to realize 10 GW of solar power projects and storage facilities by the end of 2025 – whether they are operational or under construction.

This is not the first order that SB Energy Global has placed with First Solar. In a previous deal, the company ordered 1.7GW of modules from First Solar that were to be utilised in five utility-scale projects in the states of Texas and California.

The construction of five projects has already begun in 2020. Modules totaling 1.4 GW have been utilised on projects which are already made commercially operational. The remaining projects will go live in the first half of this year.

About 400 MW worth of the panels supplied by First Solar are yet to be used in the projects. The company says that 200 MW worth panels will be used in the construction of the 200 MW Eiffel Solar project. This will be located in Texas and the construction commences in the first half of 2022.

The power generated from this solar project will be delivered to Energy Transfer that has signed a power purchasing agreement (PPA) for 15 years with SB Energy. This was signed in September 2021.

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