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First Solar delivers 19MWDC to Obton in the Netherlands
First Solar today announced that its thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules would power two utility-scale photovoltaic solar power plants in the Netherlands, developed by Denmark’s Obton.
Obton broke ground on the first project, a 13.92-megawatt (MWDC) facility today, while a second, 4.4MWDC, project is expected to come online in mid-2018. Both projects are located in Stadskanaal and have secured licenses under the country’s SDE+ renewable energy program. The plants are part of a growing wave of solar PV projects that have successfully competed against other technologies, including wind, in recent SDE+ procurement rounds. They also mark Obton’s entry into the Dutch market as an independent power producer.
“Our projects allow us to play a role in the Netherlands’ plans to decarbonize its energy mix. They demonstrate that solar PV can effectively compete against any other renewable energy technology when powered by bankable module technology,” said Anders Marcus, CEO of Obton. “Importantly, the fact that we’re using First Solar’s eco-efficient modules ensures that we’re also delivering the lowest carbon solar in the country.”
Over 156,000 First Solar Series 4 modules will power the two projects.
“The Stadskanaal projects are clear evidence that reliable, bankable utility-scale solar has earned its place in the country’s low carbon energy generation portfolio,” said Stefan Degener, First Solar’s Head of Business Development for Europe and Africa.