First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today welcomes the news that Genex
Power Limited (ASX: GNX, Genex Power) has achieved financial close for
the Kidston Phase One Solar Project in Queensland, Australia. First
Solar will supply 63 megawatts (MW)dc of advanced thin-film
photovoltaic (PV) modules to the project which will produce
approximately 145,000 megawatt-hours of electricity in its first year of
operation. The project is located next to the proposed Kidston Pumped
Storage Project and in an industry first, Genex Power will seek to
integrate solar generation with a pumped hydroelectricity energy storage
"As Australia continues to diversify its renewable energy portfolio,
this project is an excellent example of the potential of large-scale
solar application and industry best practice," said Ewan Norton-Smith,
First Solar's Senior Manager for Business Development in Australia. "The
combination of solar energy with pumped-storage hydroelectricity will
allow for increasing penetration of renewable energy into the grid and
will contribute to the stability of supply in the National Electricity
Market. Genex Power is at the forefront of this emerging industry, and
with several compelling Australian projects on the horizon, we're proud
to be supporting phase one of the project."
Situated 270 kilometers north-west of Townsville in far north
Queensland, the first phase of the project will use more than 540,000
First Solar thin-film PV modules. First Solar technology has a higher
energy yield in hot and humid climates due to its lower temperature
coefficient and over the course of a plant's operational life will
translate to substantial gains in power output. First Solar modules have
been used in more large-scale projects in Australia than any other PV
manufacturer, and this project further cements First Solar's position as
the country's leading PV technology supplier to the large-scale solar
"Genex Power is pleased to confirm the appointment of First Solar as its
PV module supplier for the Kidston Solar Project. First Solar has an
excellent track record of delivering large-scale solar projects in
Australia with their world-leading thin-film PV technology, and the
company is a welcome addition to the strong delivery team Genex Power
has assembled for this exciting project," said Michael Addison, Genex
Power's Managing Director. "The combination of First Solar's thin-film
modules, single-axis tracking technology and the excellent local solar
resource in Queensland will give our project the highest chance of
achieving a record solar capacity factor in Australia."
The electricity from the Kidston Phase One Solar Project will be sold
via a Power Purchase Agreement supported by the Queensland Government.
The project is also supported by $8.9 million of Commonwealth Government
funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
Construction of the project will be managed by UGL Engineering Pty Ltd.
and is on schedule to commence in the first half of 2017.
About First Solar, Inc.
First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic
(PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology.
The company's integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically
attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From
raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First
Solar's renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment.
For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.
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