First Solar plans fourth U.S. solar module manufacturing location

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By SB Staff November 17, 2022

First Solar chosen Lawrence County, North Alabama, as the situation for its fourth U.S. photovoltaic (PV) solar module manufacturing facility. The new manufacturing unit is a part of a beforehand introduced funding in scaling First Solar’s American manufacturing footprint to over 10 gigawatts GWdc by 2025, and is anticipated to create over 700 new direct jobs within the state.

The deliberate manufacturing unit in Lawrence County’s Mallard Fox Industrial Park represents an funding of roughly $1.1 billion and is anticipated to be commissioned by 2025, with a deliberate annual capability of three.5 GWDC. The new absolutely vertically built-in facility will be part of three factories in Ohio, together with one that’s scheduled to return on-line within the first half of 2023, to kind a part of First Solar’s expanded home manufacturing footprint.

“First Solar is a world-class manufacturer, and its solar modules are poised to play an increasingly important role in US energy self-sufficiency,” stated Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey. “I’m thrilled to see the company’s growth project headed to Lawrence County because I know it will create good jobs and have a major economic impact on this rural region.”

The new facility is anticipated to advance a strategic push by the corporate to scale its US manufacturing base in assist of the trouble to decarbonize the American financial system and obtain self-sufficiency in dependable and aggressive renewable energy applied sciences.

“The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has firmly placed America on the path to a sustainable energy future,” stated Mark Widmar, chief government officer, First Solar. “This facility, along with its sister factories in Ohio, will form part of the industrial foundation that helps ensure this transition is powered by American innovation and ingenuity.”

Designed and developed at its analysis and improvement (R&D) facilities in California and Ohio, First Solar’s superior skinny movie PV modules set trade benchmarks for high quality, sturdiness, reliability, design, and environmental efficiency.

First Solar retains on investing

In addition to the brand new Alabama facility, the corporate beforehand introduced that it’s investing $185 million in upgrading and increasing its Northwest Ohio manufacturing footprint, presently the most important vertically-integrated advanced of its sort within the Western Hemisphere, by 0.9 GWDC. In October this 12 months, First Solar additionally introduced that it plans to take a position roughly $270 million in a devoted R&D innovation middle in Perrysburg, Ohio. The new facility is believed to be the primary of its scale within the United States and is anticipated to speed up American management within the improvement and manufacturing of superior skinny movie photovoltaics.

First Solar estimates that its new investments in Alabama and Ohio, now estimated at $1.3 billion, will add no less than 850 new manufacturing and over 100 new R&D jobs, taking its whole variety of direct jobs within the US to over 3,000 individuals in 4 states by 2025, which is believed to make it the most important employer within the American solar manufacturing sector. By 2025, First Solar can also be anticipated to assist an estimated 15,000 oblique and induced jobs[1] on account of its ongoing and future manufacturing operations.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) president and chief government officer, Jeff Lyash, stated, “First Solar and TVA share a commitment to sustainability and innovation, as well as supporting our local communities. As the nation’s largest solar panel manufacturer, First Solar is bringing hundreds of quality jobs to the region. We are proud of our partnership with Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp., the State of Alabama and other economic development agencies to help make North Alabama the region of choice for First Solar’s newest location.”

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