First Solar Modules to Power Ohio State University at Solar Decathlon Competition in Wash., D.C.
Students to Begin Installing Ohio-Manufactured Modules Today
TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that a team of students
from Ohio State University will use the company's advanced thin-film
solar modules to power their sustainable house in the 2011 U.S.
Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition, which will take
place next week in Wash., D.C. Installation of the 8 kilowatt
photovoltaic rooftop system, which utilizes modules manufactured in
First Solar's Perrysburg, Ohio facility, will begin today.
"First Solar is proud to sponsor the Ohio State University Solar
Decathlon team. We applaud their innovative design efforts and wish them
luck at next week's competition," said Mike Koralewski, Vice President
of Site Operations and Plant Manager for First Solar's Perrysburg, Ohio
facility. "Our Ohio-manufactured solar modules were a natural fit for
this Ohio-based team."
The biennial Solar Decathlon challenges students to use a holistic
approach to design and construct net-zero energy-consuming homes. The
competition features houses from 20 universities from around the world.
Ohio State University' sustainable house maximizes the efficiency of the
dwelling by condensing all of the mechanical and fixed items into a
minimal footprint, while still providing flexible spaces that can
accommodate the needs of a modern family.
"We chose First Solar's modules because they offer the technological
edge our sustainable home design requires," said Matthew O'Kelly, Ohio
State University Team Project Engineer. "They also make economic sense
and were manufactured in our home state."
First Solar's modules are well suited for rooftop applications and
generate electricity with no water usage and no waste production. They
also perform well in high temperature conditions and can produce more
electricity when mounted flush on a rooftop, where wind is less able to
The company's Perrysburg, Ohio, facility produces approximately 250
megawatts per year and employs approximately 1200 associates.
For more information on the Ohio State Solar Decathlon team, visit http://solardecathlon.osu.edu/.
About First Solar, Inc.
First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced semiconductor
technology, and is a premier provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV)
system solutions. The company is delivering an economically viable
alternative to fossil-fuel generation today. From raw material sourcing
through end-of-life collection and recycling, First Solar is focused on
creating value-driven renewable energy solutions that protect and
enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please
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Source: First Solar, Inc.
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