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First Solar installs PV array at Indian ministry’s solar energy center

13 Sep 2012

Photovoltaic (PV) solar systems provider, First Solar has completed installation of a 3.2kW solar PV system at the Solar Energy Center (SEC) of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in Gwal Pahari, India.


The company has donated the solar system, which would help the center achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy consumption as well as demonstrate First Solar's advanced, thin-film technology.

The system, which is connected to a 440V mini-grid at the center, also has a monitoring equipment to capture climate, irradiance and system performance data useful for the center.

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

The PV array includes 40 thin-film solar modules, a monitoring station designed by BEC Engineering and an inverter by SMA.