23 December 2011

First Solar recognizes top suppliers with achievement awards

First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA, which makes thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) as well as providing engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) services, recently honored its premier suppliers at its first Supplier Recognition Day, held on 8 December in Phoenix, AZ.

About 60 of its top-spend suppliers attended the event, three of which were honored with the company’s NOVA award for outstanding performance in 2011: STR Holdings Inc (which specializes in solar panel encapsulation); Grenzebach (a material handling solutions company); and Master Pack (a specialty packing and shipping company).

Collaboration with STR Holdings contributed significantly to the cost-per-watt roadmap, quality performance and supply risk reduction, says First Solar, while Grenzebach’s flexible partnering approach enabled on-time execution of key technical initiatives, and Master Pack's support contributed significantly to First Solar’s cost-per-watt roadmap in Malaysia.

First Solar created the NOVA award to recognize suppliers that significantly support the company’s mission. “Our suppliers play an essential role in achieving our mission to create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean, affordable solar electricity,” says Doug Duval, vice president, Global Supply Chain. “We appreciate the exceptional efforts of these NOVA award recipients and value they provide through the highest standards of quality, cost and performance,” he adds.

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