Aug 14 (Renewables Now) - First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR) has been selected as photovoltaic (PV) module supplier for 241 MW of solar projects in Queensland, developed by Australian renewable energy group Edify Energy.
The given capacity is in Direct Current (DC).
The deal is for the 180.7-MW Daydream and the 60.2-MW Hayman schemes, First Solar said on Friday, adding that its delivery pipeline now exceeds 500 MW for the next 12 months. The US firm received the contract by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor RCR Tomlinson Ltd (ASX:RCR).
The two solar parks near Collinsville will be equipped with over two million of First Solar’s Series 4 thin film modules mounted on single-axis trackers supplied by Array Technologies Inc. Once operational, the facilities are expected to generate about 531,000 MWh of electricity per year, which will be enough to supply 73,000 average local homes. Their output is seen to help offset around 429,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
Construction of the Daydream and Hayman solar parks is scheduled to begin this quarter, while module delivery is planned for the closing quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2018. Last week it was announced that a private fund managed by BlackRock Real Assets has taken a 90% stake in them.
First Solar noted that the Series 4 PV modules are designed to work in hot and humid environmental conditions.