When talking about solar energy, there are many variations of the topic and First Solar addresses just about all of them. These topics go beyond just making a solar energy product, but extends into almost every avenue involving solar; from the ground up. As a company, First Solar has created benchmarks in the industry that are a tough act to follow and has become an international lead in clean energy.
Being the first can be a great thing, but it also represents an incredible ability to take risks, where others would not dare.
First Solar has made their name in clean energy and can add a number of ‘firsts’ to their name:
First solar company to produce 1GW in a single year. First solar company to break the record of $1/watt cost barrier in manufacturing. First solar company to have implemented a PV module recycling program on a global scale. Holds the world record for CdTe (14.4%) thin film solar module and cell efficiency (18.7%). The company has invested in everything solar, including solar power plant development and is the only thin-film solar module company that is included in the Top Ten for solar module capacity sales in 2012.
At one point, First Solar was partnered with Siemens in some joint ventures that could have potential world-changing abilities. However, when Siemens dropped out of the picture, another solar energy giant, Desertec, stepped in and the team is destined to do great things. Desertec has made their name on an international level with achievements throughout Saudi Arabia and Europe. Both companies have offices around the world and support a variety of solar projects. The visionary excellence of the two companies, working in tandem, will be the stuff that scientists and corporate businesses will be talking about in the renewable and sustainable energy fields for years to come.
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