First Solar to supply 1GW of modules to Leeward Renewable Energy

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Leeward will deploy the modules across its US pipeline of projects. Image: First Solar.

First Solar will supply 1GWdc of its thin film modules to PV project developer Leeward Renewable Energy as part of a multi-year procurement agreement between the companies.

Leeward will deploy the modules across its US pipeline of projects over the course of 2023 and 2024. The deal expands the developer’s orderbook with First Solar to more than 3GW of modules that are estimated to enable the construction of 18 new plants by 2024.

Eran Mahrer, chief strategy officer at Leeward Renewable Energy, said the deal will bring “diminished risk from geopolitical tensions to our solar module supply chain, and by extension to our finance, construction, and offtake partners”. He added that the developer looks forward to working with other US-based component manufacturers as it expands its solar portfolio.

Texas-headquartered Leeward acquired a 10GWac utility-scale PV project development platform from First Solar last year. The company currently has a 20GW solar development and construction pipeline.

The latest announcement continues a bumper month for First Solar, with the manufacturer signing a 4GWdc module supply deal with independent power producer Silicon Ranch and a 750MWdc deal with developer Origis Energy in recent weeks.

First Solar is investing US$680 million to set up a 3.3GWdc solar module manufacturing plant in Ohio that is expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2023. When fully operational in 2025, the facility will bring the company’s annual solar capacity in Ohio to 6GW.

The company also operates factories in Vietnam and Malaysia and is building a 3.3GW plant in India that is due to be commissioned in the second half of 2023.

14 June 2022
Join us in Napa to unlock the key to reliable PV module supply to the U.S. market in 2022 & 2023. We'll also be gathering the main players in the US solar market for some wine tasting!

Read Next

May 13, 2022
Investment management firm Axium Infrastructure has acquired Boston-based solar and energy storage developer BlueWave, its first acquisition of a renewables developer.
May 12, 2022
Energy investment platform CleanCapital has secured a US$200 million credit facility to support its pipeline of distributed solar and energy storage projects.
May 12, 2022
Hanwha Solutions has unveiled plans to invest US$320 million in cell and module manufacturing capacity expansions in the US and South Korea.
May 11, 2022
Canadian module manufacturer Heliene has seen unprecedented demand for its modules following the US Department of Commerce’s (DOC) decision to investigate alleged anti-dumping and circumvention (AD/CVD) by solar manufacturers in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia, which continues to spread chaos across the US solar sector.
May 9, 2022
Solar developer Lightsource bp is setting up operations in France as it looks to reach a 1GW pipeline of large-scale PV projects in the country by 2026.
May 9, 2022
US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has raised concerns about the country’s ability to move to a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 unless there is a quick resolution to the Department of Commerce’s (DOC) solar tariff investigation.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
May 17, 2022
Lisbon, Portugal
Upcoming Webinars
May 17, 2022
4:00 PM (CEST) | About 30 minutes
Solar Media Events
June 14, 2022
Napa, USA
Solar Media Events
October 4, 2022
New York, USA