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Biggest US solar manufacturer plans to double capacity with Ohio plant

June 10, 2021

PV Tech:

First Solar has unveiled plans to more than double its US manufacturing capacity with a 3.3GWdc facility in Ohio that will produce thin film PV modules for the country’s utility-scale solar sector.

The ‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member will invest US$680 million in the plant, which is expected to begin commercial operations in the first half of 2023 and reach full capacity two years later.

The 1.8 million-square-foot facility will be added to First Solar’s two existing manufacturing plants in Ohio and take its total US manufacturing footprint up to 6GW. It also has two factories in Vietnam and a further two in Malaysia.

It is intended that additional US production capacity will help alleviate challenges currently being experienced in the global ocean freight market by reducing the gap between international supply and domestic demand.

[Jules Scully]

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