First Solar has broken ground on its planned production expansion at its facility in Ohio, which will add approximately 192MW of extra module capacity at the Perrysburg plant. The plant construction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2009, with full volume production expected by the second quarter of 2010, the company said.
“First Solar is excited to move forward with this expansion. Our growing capacity allows us to continue reducing the cost of solar electricity to a level competitive with conventional sources,” commented Bruce Sohn, President of First Solar. “The associates at our Ohio manufacturing plant are making a singular contribution to energy supply and a cleaner, healthier environment.”
The new facility will add approximately 500,000 square feet of manufacturing, research and development and office space at Perrysburg. First Solar is also building a separate facility for future development of thin film solar module manufacturing technology.