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First Solar to introduce pre-engineered CdTe plant products

The new offerings focus on customers' need for enhanced, reliable energy output and will be introduced at Intersolar Europ
First Solar has launched its modular AC Power Block solar power plant solution and its next generation First Solar Series 4 thin film photovoltaic (PV) module.

Purpose-built for power plant owners and developers seeking to minimise project risk and maximise energy production and revenue, the AC Power Block is a configurable system solution that can be scaled to address a wide range of project conditions.

The pre-engineered system is available in modular units ranging from 800 kilowatts (kW) to 3.8 megawatts (MW). Based on First Solar's PV plant design and energy prediction model, the AC Power Block is backed by a first year energy performance guarantee and a 25-year capacity warranty.

AC Power Block solution

First Solar's new Series 4 PV module offers up to eight percent more energy than conventional crystalline silicon modules with the same power rating, and is compatible with advanced 1500-volt plant architectures. The Series 4A variant features a new anti-reflective coated glass, which enhances energy production. The module is backed by First Solar's 25-year Linear Performance Warranty.

"What matters most to our customers is reliable energy output achieved through proven technology," says Thomas Kuster, First Solar Senior Vice President of Product Management. "The AC Power Block and the Series 4 module are designed to deliver on those expectations. As solar energy secures its place in the global energy mix, these offerings demonstrate First Solar's ability to deliver solutions that address our customers' specific needs. We are confident that our commitment to innovation and continuous improvement position First Solar as a leading provider of comprehensive solar energy solutions."

"The underlying principle behind these new offerings and our existing power systems portfolio is an unwavering focus on a goal that we share with our customers in Europe and around the world: reliable generation of solar energy that is competitive within the framework of the region's energy generation portfolio," Christopher Burghardt, Vice President for Europe at First Solar, explains. "Showcasing our industry-leading range of solutions at the region's premier solar energy exhibition underscores the market's importance to our growth strategy."

First Solar will also spotlight its Modules Plus System at Intersolar. This offering features fixed-tilt and single-axis tracker designs that are optimised for installation ease, project value, and operational reliability with First Solar's advanced thin film PV modules.

First Solar will be located in hall A2, booth number 575 at Intersolar Europe, which takes place at Messe München, Munich, Germany from 4th to 6th June 2014.

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