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16 January 2009


First Solar to supply CdTe PV modules for first carbon-neutral city

First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA, which makes thin-film photovoltaic modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe), has been selected by Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to supply 5MW of modules as part of the largest grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) system in the Middle East.

The system will supply power to Masdar City, which is planned to be the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste, car-free city powered entirely by renewable energy sources. The PV plant is being designed and constructed by Abu Dhabi based solar power system integrator Enviromena Power Systems. Construction has begun, and the system is expected to be commissioned and producing power by the end of second-quarter 2009.

“We are pleased to be part of Masdar City’s efforts to develop a blueprint for cities of the future,” says First Solar’s executive VP of marketing & business development, John Carrington. “We look forward to working with First Solar on future projects in the region,” says Enviromena Power Systems' president & CEO Sami Khoreibi.

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