New Hampshire, USA — First Solar, which recently announced it was shuttering its Germany facility, idling lines in Malaysia and laying off 30 percent of its global workforce, detailed some of the struggles facing the company with its quarterly report.
In its report to investors, the American-based thin film giant, said it lost $449 million in the first quarter alone. The company report also said that much of the loss was impacted by pre-tax charges related to the restructuring.
"First Solar's performance in the quarter was impacted by an aggressive competitive environment resulting from persistent supply-demand imbalances in the market, as well as restructuring costs that will improve our operating efficiency and help position us for the future," said Mike Ahearn, Chairman of the Board.
First Solar’s thin film technology, which once had a commanding cost advantage over silicon-based solar panels, is seeing that lead evaporate as Chinese modules continue to close the gap.
The news was among several announcements the company made this week.