First Solar Donates Thin-Film Solar Modules to Inner Mongolia University of Technology

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QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8HOHHOT, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–     First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:FSLR) announced today that a team of students fromInner Mongolia University of Technology (IMUT) will use the Company’s advanced thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to power its house in the 2013 Solar Decathlon China competition.First Solar donated 150 of its PV modules with a peak generating capacity of 13 kilowatts (KW) to IMUT’s “Team Green Sun” and will provide technical support for the project team, as well as collaborating with IMUT on solar education. This is the third timeFirst Solar has supported the Solar Decathlon competitions.

“We are proud to support IMUT’s Team Green Sun in bringing      cost-effective and energy-efficient technology to the region,” said      Bruce Yung, First Solar’s Managing Director and Vice President of      Business Development for China. “China represents a very important      market for First Solar. The fact that this year’s Solar Decathlon is      being held here is reflective of the government’s commitment to      developing the solar industry to meet interlinking economic, energy and      environmental goals. First Solar is very pleased to be able to      contribute to China’s solar development in this way.”

Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2002, the Solar      Decathlon is a biennial competition that challenges students to use a      holistic approach to design and engineer houses with net-zero energy      consumption. The competition helps demonstrate that solar-powered homes      are fully functional and sustainable, while promoting innovation and      adoption of solar energy technologies.

This year marks the first time China has hosted the Solar Decathlon      competition. It features 22 teams from around the world, with 13 teams      coming from China. The 2013 Solar Decathlon China is the result of an      agreement between China’s National Energy Administration and the U.S.      Department of Energy to encourage energy collaboration between the two      countries.

“First Solar strives to give back to the communities in which we      operate. We are eager to share our expertise with students in the      industry around the world so that we can help cultivate new and creative      ideas in our future leaders,” said Jim Brown, First Solar’s Executive      Vice President of Global Business Development. “First Solar supports      China’s sustainable development and the Chinese government’s commitment      to the solar energy industry at the national and provincial levels. We      hope that by participating in the Solar Decathlon competitions, we can      further raise awareness about the importance of solar technologies in      achieving a sustainable energy future.”

Team Green Sun’s house design for the 2013 Solar Decathlon China is      based on the yurt, a tent-like habitat indigenous to Inner Mongolia and      other parts of Central Asia. The team’s project seeks to address energy      issues common in the region, including power grid inaccessibility, water      shortages and high heating demands. First Solar’s advanced thin-film      solar modules will equip the house with an efficient source of energy      that successfully addresses the energy needs of off-grid areas with      challenging operating conditions. The team consists of 21 graduate and      undergraduate students from various majors, including energy and power      engineering, architecture, civil engineering and management.

First Solar’s thin-film solar modules generate clean, renewable energy      with no emissions, waste or water consumption during operation. The      company’s unique cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) technology      offers compelling advantages over typical silicon technology, including      superior light absorption and better performance at high temperatures.      The technology enables First Solar’s modules to perform better in      real-world conditions, as they are impacted less by heat, shading and      soiling. First Solar’s module production process also has the lowest      carbon footprint and the shortest energy pay-back time of any current PV      technologies on a life-cycle basis.

For more information on the 2013 Solar Decathlon China, visit

For more information on IMUT’s Team Green Sun, visit

About First Solar

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic      (PV) solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. The      company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically      attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From      raw material sourcing through end-of-life module collection and      recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance      the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit

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