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said Mike Ahearn, Chairman and interim CEO of First Solar. “These changes support our broader effort to reposition First Solar to lead the industry through the current market turbulence, and to better serve our customers around the world with comprehensive solar energy solutions.”


“First Solar is uniquely positioned in the PV (photovoltaic) industry to have a deep and meaningful impact on the future of electricity generation, and it has been rewarding to be a part of that success,” said Kallenbach.


Brown joined First Solar in 2008 as Vice President, Project Finance, and was appointed President of the Utility Systems business in Aug. 2011. Prior to joining First Solar, Brown worked in banking for approximately 20 years covering project and structured finance for the energy and industrial sectors.


Widmar joined First Solar as CFO in April 2011 from Graftech International, where he was CFO. Prior to joining Graftech in 2006, he held senior positions in finance and controlling at NCR, Dell, and Lucent Technologies. Widmar is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Kallenbach joined First Solar in December 2009 as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Product Management and was appointed President of the Components Business Group in February 2011. Before joining First Solar, Kallenbach worked for Honeywell Aerospace for 30 years in variety of senior business, technical and strategy leadership positions.


Zhu joined First Solar in 2007 as Vice President and Corporate Controller and has been Chief Accounting Officer since 2009. Prior to joining, First Solar Zhu was Vice President and Corporate Controller at Salesforce.com.


Golmud HCPV plant


This plant will be the first of its kind developed by a company of non-Chinese origin. During implementation, Isofoton has worked with a local provider. China’s energy company GD Solar chose the Malaga based company for its experience and quality in HCPV technology, a field where Isofoton has been conducting steady research for over 10 years and one which continues to make the company a global


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Isofoton completes its first III-V HCPV plant in China


Chinese energy producer GD Solar has chosen Isofoton’s compound semiconductor solar cells for its Golmud plant. Over 200,000 residents in the area will benefit from the energy produced by the facility


Spanish firm, Isofoton has completed the installation of an electricity generation plant in China that is based on high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) technology.


The 100kWp facility is located in the outskirts of the town of Golmud, in the Qinghai province in the northeast part of the country. The facility construction site sits at an elevation of 2,900 metres and is located in a geographical area that features one of the best solar resources on the planet, with over 7KWh/m2 and day of direct solar radiation in an area with very little annual precipitation.


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