First Solar Produces 1 Gigawatts of Power in 2009

December 16, 2009 / No Comments

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First Solar have announced that their production of solar systems for 2009 is the equivalent of 1 gigawatts of power. This is great news, as it’s indicative of a rising interest in this type of technology among consumers. First Solar produces cadmium telluride solar cells and panels, and their production has been only 75 megawatts for 2007, and 420-460 in 2008.

The huge jump should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following the company’s progress though – during the last year, they’ve managed to secure some very massive deals. For example, in March they were contracted to complete 1300 megawatts worth of projects which couldn’t be finished by OptiSolar, a competitor company.

Later, in August, First Solar secured a deal with Southern California Edison to produce solar modules for a 250 megawatt solar power installation to be used in Desert Center, Riverside Country, as well as a 300 megawatt installation for San Bernandino County.

The company has a lot more plans for their future too, so we should expect to see more developments from them in the coming months.

[ Via CNET ]