First Solar, Inc. announced plans to build a new solar module manufacturing facility near its existing Perrysburg, Ohio flagship plant. The 1.2GW factory is expected to create 500 new jobs in northwestern Ohio, and will produce the company's advanced technology Series 6 thin film photovoltaic (PV) module.
The expansion plan calls for a 1 million square foot facility located in Lake Township, Ohio, a short distance from First Solar's Perrysburg site, with construction expected to begin in mid-2018 and entering full production mode in late 2019 with an expected annualized capacity of 1.2GW.
"Strong demand in the U.S. for advanced solar technology, along with recent changes in U.S. corporate tax policies, have encouraged our decision to grow First Solar's U.S. production operations," said Mike Koralewski, First Solar's Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing. "State and local officials and Jobs Ohio have also worked with us to create a business-friendly environment that supported our objectives. These factors, combined with our own economies of scale in high tech manufacturing, make expanding U.S. operations an attractive, win-win opportunity."
"Expanding our U.S. manufacturing is particularly exciting," said Tymen de Jong, First Solar's Chief Operating Officer. "We originated in Ohio, and we're proud to build on that history as we grow into the future."