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21 September 2012

First Solar installs 3.2kW PV demo system at Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Center

First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA, which manufactures thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) as well as providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, recently completed installation of a 3.2kW PV system at the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy's Solar Energy Center (SEC) in Gwal Pahari, about 30 minutes outside New Delhi. Donated by First Solar, the system will help the SEC to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy consumption while also demonstrating First Solar’s thin-film technology.

The PV array will provide electricity to the SEC’s offices, testing equipment and laboratories. The system also includes monitoring equipment to capture irradiance, climate and system performance data that can be studied by experts at the Center.

“We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the performance characteristics and potential of First Solar's thin-film PV technology in India's climatic conditions,” says Sujoy Ghosh, First Solar's India country head. 

The PV array includes 40 of First Solar's modules, the monitoring station designed by BEC Engineering, and an inverter by SMA. It is connected to a 440V mini-grid at the SEC.

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