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First Solar, which is one of the world’s leading producers of PV solar modules, also has manufacturing sites in Perrysburg, Ohio and Kulim, Malaysia, as well as new plants under construction in Mesa, Arizona and Vietnam. It recently completed the production ramp of its two newest plants in Malaysia.


First Solar CdTe PV modules receive UK MCS certification


The firm’s cadmium telluride series 3 modules comply with the MCS rigorous international standards to ensure that end-customers in the UK have assurance of excellent quality.


First Solar has confirmed that its innovative, thin- film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules have received accreditation under the U.K. Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), opening the door to the use of its modules in systems that benefit from the United Kingdom’s feed-in tariff.


The MCS accreditation is an internationally recognised quality assurance scheme which validates the quality and reliability of approved products that satisfy rigorous standards. Product certification involves type testing of products and an assessment of the manufacturing processes, materials, procedures, and staff training.


“The MCS is a key prerequisite to serving the U.K. market,” said TK Kallenbach, head of First Solar’s Components Business Group. “Installers and products that carry the MCS mark provide end- customers with assurance that their PV systems comply with rigorous international standards.”


The MCS accreditation applies to First Solar’s Series 3 CdTe modules FS-370 to FS-385.


Solyndra installs its largest ever installation for Delhaize


The 3MW system for the supermarket based in Belgium consists of over 17,000 copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar modules covering 34,000 square metres of roof space.


World’s largest Solyndra installation to-date, a 3MW Delhaize warehouse rooftop in Belgium. More than 17,000 Solyndra panels were used in the installation


The project was completed by solar integrator U|S|E AG, a Solyndra Platinum Solution Provider based in Reutlingen, Germany, with its Belgium subsidiary Enerdeal. Delhaize, an international supermarket chain with over 2,800 stores worldwide, and 805 stores in Belgium and Luxembourg, is a winner of the Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Belgian multi-national has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020, and rooftop solar is a part of its strategy.


“Having worked with Solyndra on previous installations, the choice of supplier was an easy one,” said Denis Knoops, Senior Vice President Business & Concept Development & New Business Opportunities of Delhaize Belgium. “The innovative panel design allows us to maximise the installed capacity, reducing our CO2 emissions by 600 tons annually on these distribution centre roofs alone. We have a strong commitment to achieving environmental goals, and Solyndra ensures those goals become a reality.”


Non-recourse financing included assistance from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and KBC Bank NV. KBC provided lower- cost, non-recourse project financing with the loan


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Solyndra International AG, a manufacturer of CIGS cylindrical photovoltaic (PV) systems for commercial rooftops, has completed a 3MW rooftop solar system of a Delhaize distribution centre in Zellik, a Belgian suburb.


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