First Solar, Inc. has published its first Corporate Sustainability Report, which showcases the company’s commitment to drive down the cost of solar electricity by providing the industry’s leading eco-efficient photovoltaic (PV) solutions through implementation of sustainable business practices and its leadership in PV module manufacturing, recycling and responsible PV power plant construction.
First Solar’s utility-scale PV power plants have consistently led the way in driving down the cost and improving the reliability of solar electricity, cementing PV as a valued component of the global generation portfolio. The report provides a look at how First Solar fulfills its mission on delivering the “triple bottom line” of people, planet and profit. Highlights include:
How we deliver the leading eco-efficient PV technology with a superior energy yield, competitive cost and smallest environmental impacts on a life cycle basis
How world-class PV module manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Malaysia and award-winning PV power plants that generate clean electricity for 25+ years, create local jobs can contribute to biodiversity protection
How globally available PV recycling services that recover over 90 percent of the semiconductor material for reuse in new modules and 90 percent of the glass for reuse in new glass products are the new industry standard
Why minimizing the company’s environmental impact through increased module and manufacturing throughput efficiency, conservation projects and on-site PV installations is important and achievable
Examples of how we support local communities and work with NGOs through First Solar’s Global Charitable Giving Program
“We are proud of the steps we have taken to improve the environmental profile of our products and operations while contributing to communities where we live and work,” said Alex Heard, Vice President of Global Technical Services, First Solar. “By continuously driving down the cost of solar electricity and providing a solution that addresses energy security and water scarcity, we are delivering on our commitment to build a more sustainable energy future for everyone.”