First Solar Gives 2000+ panels to 9H Research Foundation
LARAMIE, Wyo., February 25, 2021 – To power 9H Research Foundation’s three-megawatt solar installation, First Solar donated more than 2,000 Series 6 advanced thin film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. Designed and developed at First Solar’s research and development (R&D) centers in California and Ohio, the Series 6 is a uniquely American solar PV module that has set industry benchmarks for quality, durability, reliability, design, and environmental performance.
“We are thankful to the 9H Research Foundation for the opportunity to lend our support to such an impactful project. It is always exciting for us to see our American technology powering American communities, and in this case, also the next generation of American clean tech engineers. The clean energy industry is set to be one of the most important industries globally in the coming decades, with solar energy making up a big portion of it. It is our hope that these modules are the start of an illustrious story for not just the University of Wyoming, but for all Wyomingites,” stated Adam Smith, Director – Business Development, First Solar.
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Arizona, First Solar is the only American company among the world’s largest solar manufacturers. First Solar is the Western Hemisphere’s largest solar manufacturer and expects to exit 2021 with 2.6 GWDC of manufacturing capacity at its Ohio facilities.
9H Research Foundation is building a philanthropic Student Research Facility to Gift $10+ million in clean energy and in-kind support services to the University of Wyoming over the project lifetime (3MW Solar Facility). The Clean Energy Research Facility supports the creation of a world-class Clean Energy Engineering Curriculum for the University. Providing hands-on research experiences, 9H is sponsoring 31 UW senior design students competing in a $5,000 renewable energy design challenge. To drive student innovation, 9H is also funding 7 student groups to design and build $15,000 worth of solar and energy storage projects, as well as hiring student interns. In line with the Governor’s WIN Initiative, 9H is presenting a Business Model for the state: attract industry by providing them with solar energy, abundant Wyoming natural gas, a skilled workforce, and state tax incentives.
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