First Solar selects Alabama as site for new 3.5 GW factory

U.S. solar company First Solar Inc. plans to build its fourth manufacturing facility in the U.S. at the Mallard Fox Industrial Park in Lawrence County, Alabama. The new factory is expected to produce modules with a total output of 3.5 gigawatts (GW) annually starting in 2025, with First Solar citing the investment at $1.1 billion. More than 700 jobs are to be created at the plant.
The manufacturer of thin-film solar modules based on cadmium telluride had announced the construction of a new factory »in the US southeast« in September, as well as a capacity expansion of its two plants in Perrysburg and Lake Township in Ohio to a total of 3.9 GW. A third 3.5 GW plant in Ohio is under construction and, like the Alabama plant, is expected to come online in 2025.
This would give the company more than ten GW of production capacity in the USA. Other production sites include Malaysia and Vietnam. First Solar is – along with Hanwha Q-Cells – one of two non-Chinese companies among the world’s ten largest module manufacturers and the only one that does not have production in China.

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