First Solar Inc. has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an organization that gathers and reports greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for corporations around the world. First Solar says it is the first company solely focused on solar development to have its response scored by CDP and included in CDP's 500 and Global 500 report.
First Solar's Disclosure Score was in the top quartile of the 339 S&P 500 respondents. For 2010, First Solar's global operations generated GHG emissions totaling approximately 194 metric tons of carbon dioxide emission equivalents (CO2e) per megawatt of modules produced, illustrating a reduction in carbon intensity of approximately 21% from 2008 to 2010.
First Solar also reported that the 3.3 GW of photovoltaic solar modules produced by the company through 2010 are being used globally to displace over 2 million metric tons of CO2e emissions per year for their 25-plus-year product life.