First Solar to build new factory in Arizona

First Solar, Inc. announced its plans to build a new U.S. manufacturing center in Mesa, Arizona.

The company wants to invest about 300 million dollar in the factory and to create approximately 600 jobs. The center is supposed to include four manufacturing lines with a capacity to produce more than 250 MW of thin-film PV modules per year.

Construction is intended to begin in the second quarter of 2011 and is expected to last a year, creating an average of 400-500 construction jobs. Module shipments are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2012. The facility will include a 3MW rooftop solar installation as well as an extensive ground-mounted PV testing facility.

Supportive state and federal policies would have made the U.S. become First Solarís fastest-growing market, said Bruce Sohn, President of First Solar. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer approved that the new technology campus would drive the renewable energy sector of Arizona forward.

Published on: 2011-03-19

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