First Solar buys German outfit

First Solar is acquiring Skytron Energy, a German subsidiary of AEG Power Solutions.

Skytron Energy provides utility-scale management systems, O&M services, data monitoring technology and equipment to solar power plants throughout Europe.

Bob Callery, First Solar's vice-president of O&M, says Skytron Energy "brings considerable strategic value to our global O&M offering, as well as a pathway to expand our services across the entire solar value chain".

Skytron has installed monitoring and control systems in more than 600 PV plants across Europe, with a total peak capacity of 5GW, more than doubling First Solar's global portfolio of monitored assets.

The acquisition is subject to approval by the German authorities.