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First Solar Plans 1.2-GW Solar PV Manufacturing Facility in Ohio

Solar PV provider First Solar yesterday said it will build a new solar module manufacturing facility near its existing Perrysburg, Ohio, plant.

According to the company, the 1.2-GW factory is expected to create 500 new jobs in northwestern Ohio, and will produce the company’s advanced technology Series 6 thin film PV module.

The expansion plan calls for a 1 million square foot facility located in Lake Township, Ohio, with construction expected to begin in mid-2018 and entering full production mode in late 2019.

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“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,” Mike Koralewski, First Solar’s senior vice president of global manufacturing, said in a statement. “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.”

Koralewski said the capital investment for the expansion will be approximately $400 million.

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