First Solar, Inc. announced that Longroad Energy, a US renewable energy developer, owner, and operator, has committed to acquiring an extra 2 GW of advanced thin-film American solar modules. This order for sustainably produced solar modules, slated for delivery between 2027 and 2029, supplements their existing 3.7 GW framework agreement and elevates Longroad Energy’s total procurement of First Solar thin-film modules to around 8 GW since 2017.
“Longroad Energy and First Solar share a longstanding partnership that’s based on shared values and a common vision for a sustainable energy future,” said Michael Alvarez, co-founder and chief operating officer, Longroad Energy. “By expanding our procurement of First Solar’s advanced thin film technology, we are extending our commitment to responsibly produced renewable energy technologies and to American solar manufacturing and domestic value chains.”
First Solar’s advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules establish industry standards in quality, durability, reliability, design, and environmental performance. These modules boast the industry’s smallest carbon and water footprint and hold the distinction of being the inaugural PV manufacturer to join the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) global registry for eco-friendly electronics.
First Solar is also the sole member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the world’s most extensive industry coalition devoted to upholding worker and community rights in the global supply chain. The company maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy against forced labor, both within its manufacturing facilities and across its supply chains. Furthermore, First Solar is believed to be the pioneering among the world’s largest solar manufacturers to have conducted independent social audits across its worldwide manufacturing operations.
“Our ability to deliver certainty of pricing and supply, domestic manufacturing and supply chains, and a responsibly made solar module optimized for energy provides the value customers, such as Longroad, seek,” added, Georges Antoun, chief commercial officer, First Solar. “We are thrilled that Longroad Energy has decided to underpin its continued growth with First Solar’s technology and look forward to growing this partnership.”