First Solar has been selected by Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to supply 5 MW of its thin film solar modules to be part of the largest grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) system in the Middle East. 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 the second quarter of 2009. This system will supply power to Masdar City the world's most ambitious sustainable development to date with plans to be the world's first carbon-neutral zero waste car-free city powered entirely by renewable energy sources " stated First Solar. The $22 billion Masdar City -- the green city in the desert -- will be home to 50 000 people and 1 500 businesses. First Solar is to supply half of plant's panels. The remaining 5 MW of Masdar's solar power plant will be built from crystalline silicon panels. The supplier is yet to be named.
"While a 5 MW order is small within the context of First Solar the high profile `marquee' nature of this particular project gives it added significance " Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov said in a client note according to Reuters. "
As Europe’s solar capacity growth stabilises, PV companies are shifting their focus from building new plants to operating and maintaining existing assets.
The US East Coast saw up to 5% less sunlight than average in 2014, while the West Coast enjoyed up to 10% more sun, according to a study published by Vaisala in April that highlights the volatile supply conditions faced by PV plant developers and operators.
CIGS-based utility-scale and rooftop projects in both established and emerging markets will help keep the thin film market share steady through 2019, despite an anticipated dip in 2015.