First Solar to Create 600 New U.S. Jobs
First Solar Announces New Manufacturing Plants in the U.S. & Vietnam; will nearly double capacity to over 2.7 GW by 2012
First Solar announced on Thursday that it is building two new manufacturing plants, one in the U.S. and one in Vietnam. The plants are expected to be completed by 2012 and to each generate 600 news jobs. Once operational, the new First Solar plants are expected to produce annually a combined 500 MW of thin-film photovoltaic modules. The addition of these plants in combination with the previously announced expansions of existing plants in Germany, France, Malaysia, and Ohio in the U.S. will raise First Solar's annual production capacity for thin-film photovoltaic modules to 2.7 GW, up from an estimated 1.4 GW in 2010.
This expansion comes after a series of planned utility scale solar plants announced by First Solar this year, some of which include the 550 MW Desert Sunlight project in Riverside County, California and a 2000 MW plant in Mongolia.
In addition to the increase in manufacturing employment, First Solar expects to generate over 1,000 construction jobs through the installation of solar power plants.