Solarvest orders 93 MW of First Solar modules for Malaysian projects

First Solar is to supply clean energy specialist and turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) service provider in South-East Asia Solarvest Holdings Berhad, with 93 MW of advanced thin film photovoltaic (PV) solar panels for four projects in Malaysia’s Large Scale Solar Program (LSS).
Solarvest orders 93 MW of First Solar modules for Malaysian projects
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Deliveries will take place between August to November, 2022. Solarvest will use First Solar Series 6 modules for projects located in the Malaysian states of Selangor, Perak, and Kedah. Approximately 75 MW of the total order is expected to be sourced from First Solar’s manufacturing facility in Kulim, Malaysia. Founded in 2012, Solarvest pioneered grid-connected solar installations in Malaysia and has deployed around 400 MW across the country.

“The use of these advanced solar panels will further accentuate the advantage our engineering solutions bring in terms of maximizing energy yields” said Davis Chong, executive director and group chief executive officer of Solarvest. “This combination will no doubt enhance the competitiveness of our projects. Besides that, this is also part of our strategy to mitigate concentration risk in relation to our procurement practices, especially given the uncertainties in the global supply chain today. The sourcing diversification promotes greater stability for Solarvest as we continue to scale up.” 

Designed and developed at its research and development (R&D) centres in California and Ohio, First Solar aims to set industry benchmarks for quality, durability, reliability, design, and environmental performance with its advanced thin film PV modules. The company claims that these modules have the smallest carbon footprint, fastest energy payback time, and lowest lifecycle water footprint in the industry.

“First Solar has a longstanding presence in Malaysia and we’re proud that our module technology will play a role in helping the country meet its clean energy goals” said Adam Smith, vice president of Global Business Development, First Solar. “This deal represents our commitment to deploying our high-performance and eco-efficient module technology at scale in Malaysia.”

First Solar has had a presence in Malaysia since 2007 and currently operates a 3.3 MW DC manufacturing plant in Penang. In addition to its Malaysian manufacturing facilities, First Solar also operates factories in Vietnam and the United States, where it is building its third factory. The company is also building a new 3.3 GW factory in India. With First Solar’s expansion in the United States and India and optimisation of its existing fleet, the company anticipates that its nameplate manufacturing capacity will double to 16 GW in 2024.

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