First Solar is transitioning the Western Hemisphere’s largest petrochemical site into a solar project spanning over 15 years. The agreement is a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Dow Chemicals for its Gulf Coast operations. The deal involves First Solar supplying Dow Chemicals with renewable power from the 200-Mwac Horizon Solar project in Texas. The Series 6 PV modules will be powering the project during the transition. These modules are the engineering of ENGAGE PV Polyolefin Elastomers, which case the films for steady performance and efficiency.
Dow’s business director for Energy and Climate Change Edward Stones says that this contract will strengthen their partnership with First Solar. First Solar utilizes ENGAGE PV polyolefin elastomers of Dow due to their reliability, and in return, First Solar powers Dow’s operations in Texas with 750 MW of electricity.
The life cycle of the Series 6 modules is longer when they use Dow’s elastomers compared to the standard silicon PV panels. So far, they can minimize the intensity of water in use by 64% since 2009. One essential technique for this improvement is recycling water from the purification runway into the water container. They are now able to save tonnes of water they would have needed to replace the used one.
The senior director of Corporate Renewables at First Solar, Karl Brutsaert, congratulates Dow for the historic 123 years that they have been inventing a range of vital products for their firm’s growth. He says that they are happy to boost Dow towards achieving its renewable energy objectives as a decisive retaliation.
This deal is valuable since Dow responds to energy from the PV technology to minimize carbon and water footprints that are alarming in other techniques. Karl asserts that the agreement boosts the nation’s electricity grid with the maximum solar capacity. Dow Chemicals is happy that this PPA deal can help supply electricity to over 25000 homes in Texas city daily. The project is a tick for most Americans since it will also create 350 employment opportunities all through the construction process. This electricity will also help develop local businesses in Texas.
Finally, First Solar is embarking on income-generating tasks for various employees. For instance, the extension of the Series 6 modules to meet the citizens’ increasing power needs creates additional employment opportunities. The success of First Solar is attributable to its mind of solving problems for the citizens.