Kinect Solar has entered into an agreement with First Solar to serve the distributed generation (DG) market with high-performance photovoltaic (PV) modules designed and engineered in America. A leader in the utility-scale market, First Solar is America’s largest PV module producer, shipping over 25 gigawatts (GW) of American solar technology to over 45 countries around the world. First Solar’s high-performance thin-film modules are now available for U.S. DG projects through Kinect Solar.
What’s more, Kinect Solar is providing free consultations for design, layout, BOS guidance, and more for all First Solar projects as well.
“Kinect Solar can engage a diverse set of customers with the robust support and technical expertise required for success in distributed markets,” says Darin Green, First Solar’s Senior Director of Business Development. “Critically, Kinect can offer clients an unmatched customer-centric experience that arms DG solar players with the confidence to bid and build projects on schedule at the agreed upon bin and price.”
How First Solar benefits DG
Kinect Solar is offering First Solar’s top-selling Series 6 module to projects and customers of all shapes and sizes. Designed and developed at First Solar’s state-of-the-art R&D centers in California and Ohio, these modules can unlock considerable savings and deliver superior lifetime energy for community solar projects, C&I solutions, schools, and municipal/military applications.
First Solar modules provide a host of benefits that suit the DG market. These key differentiators speak for themselves:
• The large-format thin film Series 6 module was designed with the input of leading structure providers and EPCs to optimize transportation, installation, and operation of PV projects, providing one of the lowest system-level costs-per-watt in the market. As a result, our Series 6 module is compatible with over 50 balance of systems (BoS) providers and works with all inverter types.
• First Solar’s advanced manufacturing process and technology lead the industry in quality and reliability. Going above and beyond industry requirements, First Solar modules consistently pass even the most stringent third-party certifications for performance, durability, and long-term reliability.
• From manufacturing to operation to end-of-life recycling, First Solar PV modules are the most sustainable in the industry. Series 6 modules have the lowest carbon footprint, water use, and pollution footprint of any Tier 1 PV module.
• The only American AA-rated module manufacturer, First Solar has the added advantage of a substantial U.S. footprint and a geographically diversified supply chain and manufacturing footprint.
Lauren Carson, Kinect Solar CEO, emphasizes that this partnership will “allow developers and EPCs in the DG sector to access First Solar innovation and quality at a previously unattainable scale. The pairing of First Solar’s cutting-edge technology with Kinect’s expertise in distribution, logistics, and customer service will benefit customers throughout the solar industry.”
— Solar Builder magazine