First Solar, Inc. announced that it is supplying over 860,000 thin film modules to power a 100MWAC photovoltaic solar power plant developed by Zorlu Enerji in Pakistan. The Independent Power Producer facility is expected to be completed and connected to the electricity grid by the first half of 2018.
"We are confident that First Solar's advanced PV modules will thrive in Bahawalpur's desert conditions, delivering over eight percent more energy than conventional crystalline-silicon panels, and enabling our successful bid for a PPA," said Sinan Ak, Chief Executive Officer of Zorlu Enerji. "We are also confident that we will set a new benchmark for solar energy in Pakistan, replicating the standards we set with our award-winning Jhimpir wind power plant. There is no doubt in my mind that this project will be a new milestone for the development of utility-scale solar in the country."
"This project is part of a pivotal move by Pakistan to secure its energy independence by harnessing its solar resource, and we are proud to be playing an enabling role," said Stefan Degener, First Solar’s Head of Business Development for Europe and Africa.
"This deal demonstrates Zorlu Group's ability to enable our sales strategy by expanding First Solar's installed capacity well beyond our existing markets. It also proves that our high-performance technology and Zorlu Group's commercial expertise makes for a winning combination in any of the 26 markets covered by our agreement," Degener added.