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16 June 2009


First Solar to supply 10MW of CdTe PV panels for Lend Lease’s Australia business

Bovis Lend Lease, the project management and construction business of Lend Lease Corp, has signed a contract for cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) module maker First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA to supply 10MW of solar panels (starting immediately). Lend Lease (which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange) aims to leverage the relationship across its Australian construction business, as well as its existing development portfolio (with activities focused in Asia Pacific, Europe and the USA).

Tony Costantino, Bovis Lend Lease’s Australian CEO, says that the relationship with First Solar is a significant step forward in the provision of solar technology not only for Lend Lease (as it enters the solar procurement market) but also for Australia. Once installed, the solar panels will save about 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) from entering the atmosphere per annum—the equivalent of taking about 3500 cars off of the road each year, it is reckoned.

“This relationship allows us to meet the growing demands in renewable energy for our clients and ensures that solar energy is a consideration on every project,” says Costantino. “First Solar’s panels are perfectly suited for Australia’s climate because they perform better than other PV technologies in high temperatures,” he adds. Solar energy is the most readily available form of renewable energy in Australia.

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