First Solar

Sustainable power on a global scale

Phoenix Solar's 5.6 MW solar plant in Hasborn, Germany powered by First Solar modules

First Solar, Inc. is a world leader in the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules focused on creating value-driven, renewable energy solutions that protect and enhance the environment. In addition to global module sales, First Solar also offers a complete range of system development services for the North American market.

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Solar installations using First Solar’s thin film CdTe modules have higher annual energy yields and performance ratios than traditional crystalline silicon systems. This is because they work more efficiently in low, indirect, and diffuse light conditions and have less temperature-related loss due to a lower temperature coefficient. These two advantages allow First Solar systems to produce more energy than competing systems with the same power rating. 

First Solar also offers fully-integrated solar plant system services providing project development, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), operations and maintenance (O&M), and project financing. Project development involves overseeing processes such as site evaluation and permitting. EPC facilitates solar plant design and engineering, procuring materials, and construction. O&M covers such system services as equipment, compliance issues, monitoring, and day-to-day operations. Project financing, when needed, is available globally.

First Solar systems span the globe, ranging from a few megawatts (MW) to multiple gigawatts (GW). In 2009, First Solar continued to expand its reach by signing 1.5 GW (AC) of power purchase agreements worldwide and building 50 MW of utility scale projects in North America. In collaboration with juwi Solar, First Solar celebrated the commissioning of the 53 MW Lieberose solar plant built on former military training grounds in Turnow, Germany. In Asia, First Solar entered China with a memorandum of understanding for a 2 GW solar plant in Ordos City.

First Solar’s systems operate with no water, air emissions, or waste stream. On a life cycle basis, they boast the smallest carbon footprint and the fastest energy payback time of any PV technology. In addition, First Solar has set the benchmark for product life cycle management with the industry's first prefunded, comprehensive collection and recycling program for solar modules.

First Solar GmbH
Rheinstrasse 4b
55116 Mainz
Phone: +49 (0)6131 1443-0
Fax: +49 (0)6131 1443-500
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Founded 1999
Over 4,500 employees
First Solar, Inc.
350 West Washington Street
Arizona 85281
Phone: +1 602 414 9300
Fax: +1 602 414 9400

Business Area

  • thin film manufacturing

Worker producing modules in First Solar's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

First Solar's Frankfurt (Oder) solar module recycling facility