Advanced thin film modules to support Arevon’s industry-leading solar portfolio
NEW YORK, SCOTTSDALE and TEMPE, Ariz. – Arevon Energy, Inc. has secured a more than 2-gigawatt (GWDC) supply of advanced Series 7 thin film photovoltaic (PV) solar modules from First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) to support its growing renewable energy portfolio. Approximately 700 megawatts (MWDC)of the total volume secured includes purchase orders issued prior to the release of First Solar’s Q2 2022 earnings in July this year. These orders will add to Arevon’s existing 2 GWAC portfolio of operating assets with First Solar modules and will support projects under development in the Midwest and Southwest regions.
“Arevon is at the forefront of powering the energy transition through the development of our nationwide solar pipeline,” said Justin Johnson, Arevon’s chief operating officer. “These orders solidify Arevon’s competitive advantage while ensuring we can deliver innovative solutions to our customers.”
Nationally, the demand for solar has increased substantially. A September 2022 forecast from Wood Mackenzie estimates that due to recent legislation, the U.S. recorded its largest quarter-over-quarter growth with 10 GWAC of new utility-scale solar capacity contracts. These orders for modules will ensure that Arevon can execute projects planned to deploy in the next five years.
“We are pleased to further expand our relationship with First Solar and contribute to the expansion of the U.S. solar value chain,” said John Breckenridge, Arevon’s chief executive officer. “Sourcing American solar technology from First Solar allows us certainty of supply and helps mitigate the risk of supply shortages and project delays. More broadly, it also allows us to support U.S. innovation in photovoltaics and the expansion of domestic solar manufacturing capacity through our procurement strategy.”
Designed and developed at its R&D centers in California and Ohio, First Solar’s advanced thin-film PV modules set industry benchmarks for quality, durability, reliability, design, and environmental performance. The modules, which have the lowest carbon and water footprint of any commercially available PV technology today, will support Arevon’s project pipeline through 2027.
“We’re pleased that Arevon has chosen to double down on its commitment to First Solar’s responsibly produced technology,” said Georges Antoun, chief commercial officer, First Solar. “These multiyear orders reflect a broader trend in the industry where developers are de-risking their project portfolios with strategic, long-term procurement frameworks and sourcing American solar. We are proud to be in a position to enable the growth of leading American developers like Arevon, by providing them with the certainty and long-term visibility they need.”
Developed in close collaboration with Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) companies, and structure and component providers, First Solar’s Series 7 modules combine the company’s thin film cadmium telluride (CadTel) technology with a larger form factor and a new back rail mounting system to deliver improved efficiency, enhanced installation velocity, and superior lifetime energy performance for U.S. utility-scale PV projects.
First Solar, the only U.S.-headquartered company among the world’s largest solar manufacturers, is expanding its manufacturing capacity at home and abroad. In addition to a third factory under construction in Ohio, the company recently announced an investment of up to $1.2 billion in expanding its Ohio manufacturing footprint and a new manufacturing facility, its fourth American manufacturing facility, in the U.S. Southeast. This latest investment is expected to bring First Solar’s total investment in American manufacturing to $4 billion, while its annual U.S. manufacturing capacity is forecast to expand to over 10 GWDC by 2025.
Arevon Energy, Inc. is a leading renewable energy company, supplying clean energy to utilities and corporations across North America. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., and New York City, Arevon uses innovative approaches and leading-edge technology to finance and manage projects from development through construction to long-term commercial operation. Its financial prowess and industry expertise come together to improve the structure and performance of its platform of wind, solar, and energy storage power plants. Arevon was named one of Arizona’s Top Workplaces in 2022. For more information, please visit: www.arevonenergy.com
About First Solar, Inc.
First Solar is a leading American solar technology company and global provider of responsibly produced eco-efficient solar modules advancing the fight against climate change. Developed at R&D labs in California and Ohio, the company’s advanced thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules represent the next generation of solar technologies, providing a competitive, high-performance, lower-carbon alternative to conventional crystalline silicon PV panels. From raw material sourcing and manufacturing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s approach to technology embodies sustainability and a responsibility towards people and the planet. For more information, please visit www.firstsolar.com
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