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First Solar said it had ordered the major manufacturing equipment required to transition to its large-area Series 6 modules in the first quarter of 2017. Image First Solar

First Solar said it had ordered the major manufacturing equipment required to transition to its large-area Series 6 modules in the first quarter of 2017. Image First Solar

Leading thin-film PV manufacturer First Solar said it had ordered the major manufacturing equipment required to transition to its large-area Series 6 modules in the first quarter of 2017. 

First Solar also noted that Series 6 tool install would begin at its production plant in Ohio in the third quarter of 2017. The Ohio fab is home to First Solar’s key pilot line. Production of its Series 4 modules at four lines in the Ohio fab stopped in the fourth quarter of 2016 to ready the technology transition. 

In Malaysia, First Solar noted that eight production lines would stop production in the second quarter of 2017, while tool install for Series 6 modules would begin the fourth quarter of 2017 and run through the first quarter of 2018.

Series 6 module production is expected to start at its pilot line in Ohio in the second quarter of 2018, while production is expected to start in Malaysia in the third quarter of 2018 through the fourth quarter of 2018.

First Solar had previously said that it expected to invest around US$500 million in 2017 to transition to Series 6 modules, while allocate a further US$400 million in 2018 to have 3GW of Series 6 capacity in 2019.

Tags: first solar inc, series 6, cdte thin-film modules, ohio, malaysia, pv celltech

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