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Clean Energy in Action: First Solar To Expand U.S. Manufacturing

May 21, 2018 | Laura Tierney, Business Council for Sustainable Energy |

A rendering of planned facility in Lake township, Ohio.

First Solar’s recent announcement of its plans to add 500 additional high-quality manufacturing jobs in northwest Ohio at a new greenfield facility and to spend over $400 million in its construction is a powerful example of the jobs and economic benefit that clean energy is bringing to American communities.

| Over 250,000 Americans are employed in the solar industry[i]

The new jobs will include a combination of professional engineers and manufacturing technicians.  Panels produced by First Solar are used in commercial, industrial and utility-scale applications.

First Solar will construct a new Series 6 thin film photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing facility with an annualized manufacturing capacity of 1.2 GW in Lake Township, Ohio, next to its existing facility in Perrysburg Township. The expansion will triple First Solar’s domestic production capacity. Construction will begin in mid-2018, and is expected to be fully operational by late 2019.

| First Solar is the largest photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer  in the United States

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit

Photo Captions
Top: A rendering of planned facility in Lake Township, Ohio.
Bottom: First Solar' Series 6 Production Floor

[i] National Solar Jobs Census 2017, The Solar Foundation