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First Solar modules come up trumps in South African PV modelling study

Author: Ben Willis

First Solar has published research suggesting its CdTe thin-film modules would offer a higher energy yield than those based on crystalline silicon technology in the hot, arid conditions typical of South Africa. 

Research carried out by consultancy Arup on behalf of First Solar found that that the company’s modules could offer up to a 4% higher energy yield than c-Si modules in a South African setting. 

The study modelled the energy yield from First Solar modules and three other multi- and mono-Si products from “top tier” producers at three hypothetical utility-scale plants at sites in Bloemfontein, Upington and Vryburg, South Africa. 

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