First Solar Expands U.S. Manufacturing | March 28, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 13 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 13 | p. 22 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 28, 2011

First Solar Expands U.S. Manufacturing

Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: thin film solar, manufacturing

First Solar will build a thin-film solar module manufacturing plant in Mesa, Ariz. The Arizona-based company plans to invest $300 million in the facility, which will have solar capacity for 250 MW per year and employ about 600 people. The Mesa site was previously a General Motors vehicle testing facility. First Solar’s other U.S. plant, in Perrysburg, Ohio, was recently expanded to 250 MW per year. Most of the firm’s 2.5 GW of solar capacity is in Malaysia, Vietnam, and Germany.

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