First Solar to equip Zorlu Enerji’s 100-MW solar park in Pakistan

Solar plant. Photo by: First Solar (www.firstsolar.com)

December 19 (Renewables Now) - First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR) said on Tuesday it is supplying photovoltaic (PV) modules for a 100-MW solar project in Pakistan.

Developed by Turkish power producer Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Uretim AS (IST:ZOREN), the project is located at the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur, Punjab province. It will consist of more than 860,000 thin-film modules. 

The solar park is scheduled to be completed and connected to the grid by the first half of next year. Once up and running, it will produce about 180 million kWh of electricity annually, or enough to meet the demand of about 140,000 local homes. Its output will be sold to Pakistan’s Central Power Purchasing Agency under a 25-year contract.

Following commissioning of the plant, Zorlu Enerji’s installed capacity in Pakistan will increase to 156.4 MW.

First Solar in February announced a deal with Zorlu Holding AS under which the Turkish conglomerate became a major distributor of its thin-film PV modules in 26 markets. The company said at the time that its modules will be also used in Zorlu Solar's own projects.

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