First Solar Awards Major Supply Contract to IXL Group
First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) has awarded a contract to the IXL Group
(IXL) of companies based in Geelong to manufacture and deliver the
framing system for the 155 MW (AC) utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV)
projects at Nyngan and Broken Hill in New South Wales. AGL engaged First
Solar to construct the solar projects which are expected to produce
approximately 360,000 megawatt hours of electricity each year — enough
to meet the needs of over 50,000 average homes in NSW.
In 2012, IXL successfully manufactured and delivered the framing system
for the 10MW Greenough River Solar Farm (GRSF) in Western Australia,
which was also constructed by First Solar. Until now, GRSF was the
largest solar project completed in Australia. IXL has been able to
benefit from the experience with this first project to provide First
Solar a cost effective Australian manufactured framing capability with a
relatively shorter supply chain. The framing system for the Nyngan and
Broken Hill projects will require approximately 6000 tonnes of
Australian made steel.
"First Solar selected the IXL Group for this important contract because
of the company's proven experience and reliability in successfully
delivering the framing system for the Greenough River Solar Farm," said
Jack Curtis, First Solar's Vice President of Business Development for
Asia Pacific. "Our continued selection of local supply chain providers
validates the economic viability of producing solar components in
Australia and will continue to help support Australian industry and job
creation. Partnering with IXL will further enable First Solar to reduce
the cost of delivering solar power to the Australia market through the
efficiencies that come from working on multiple projects."
Various companies in the IXL Group will contribute to the project, which
at its peak will create approximately 40 additional jobs within the IXL
Group. Backwell IXL in Geelong will be responsible for a range of
components to be used in the framing system, as well as building much of
the manufacturing infrastructure. These activities also will have a
positive impact on ancillary companies in Geelong and Victoria more
generally, as tooling and a roll forming line for this project will be
sourced from Victorian suppliers.
IXL Solar will assemble the framing systems in Adelaide, and ship the
completed frames to site using road trains. Generally, framing system
suppliers need to assemble product in locations that are relatively
close to installation sites. The Adelaide assembly location helps First
Solar to substantially reduce its project freight costs. Assembly
locations for other future projects will be based on the requirements of
The IXL Group looks forward to developing a close and constructive
relationship with the community in Adelaide.
"This is a very important step in the development of our solar
business," said Claude Dagescy, General Manager IXL Solar. "We look
forward to working with First Solar on the Nyngan and Broken Hill
projects and beyond, and believe that Australian made framing systems
can be more than competitive with imports."
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.
About the IXL Group
The IXL Group of companies has operations throughout Australia with its
Head Office in Geelong, and has been in business since 1858. It is
family owned, and today, in addition to IXL Solar, has operations in
appliance marketing and distribution, appliance assembly, metal stamping
and roll-forming and metal casting.
For more information, see www.ixl.com.au
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