First Solar To Expand Ohio Facilities

First Solar Inc. announced that it plans to expand manufacturing operations and development facilities at its Perrysburg, Ohio facility. The investment will add approximately 500,000 square feet of manufacturing, research and development and office space. It will also add 134 new jobs to the facility’s current workforce of 700. First Solar is collaborating with state and local leaders on a comprehensive incentive package for these two projects. These incentives are central to First Solar’s expansion plans in Ohio and are subject to approval by state and local authorities.

This expansion will add a fourth production line and reconfigure the company’s original pilot line to bring the manufacturing facility to the same four-line configuration as the its five other plants located in Germany and Malaysia. The expansion is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2010 and will increase the annual capacity at the Perrysburg facility to approximately 192 megawatts (based on run rates for the second quarter of 2008). In addition, First Solar will construct a separate facility to support increased development activities associated with its advanced thin film solar module manufacturing technology.

“The state of Ohio is proud to support industry leaders like First Solar who are using renewable energy to power the future,” said Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. “In making this significant investment and expansion in Toledo, First Solar is helping us to send a message to the world that Ohio is reinventing itself as the leader in the advanced energy industry.”

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