Solar

First Solar Avoids the Silicon Crunch

Ohio’s Toledo Blade newspaper offers an interesting and broad look at Arizona-based First Solar’s recent solar module manufacturing expansion at their new facility in Perrysburg Township, Ohio. First Solar’s USD$ 74 million plant will produce the company’s cadmium telluride-based solar modules. Unlike most other solar PV manufacturing, which is based on the increasingly tight worldwide supply of silicon, First Solar uses a different raw material which the company believes can keep them insulated from the rising cost of solar due to raw material shortages. The Toledo Blade looks into First Solar’s new long-term module recycling program, announced on our Web site earlier this week (see second Industry PR link below). For the full story at the Toledo Blade, see the first link that follows.