First Solar Produces One Gigawatt
of Clean Solar Electricity
Mar 24, 2009 - Adrienne Selko - IndustryWeek
First Solar, Inc., recently announced that it has
produced 1 gigawatt (GW) of its advanced solar modules
since beginning commercial production in early 2002.
First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced
semiconductor technology and provides comprehensive
It took the company more than six years to produce
its first 500 megawatts (MW) and eight months to produce
its second, creating today's 1GW total. By the end
of this year, the company has announced it will have
the capacity to produce more than 1GW per year --
the equivalent of an average-sized nuclear power plant.
"This volume allows us to rapidly reduce manufacturing
costs, thereby furthering our mission of making solar
power an affordable alternative to conventional energy
sources," said Bruce Sohn, First Solar president.
First Solar began production in Perrysburg, Ohio,
with a single manufacturing line and approximately
150 associates in 2002. By the end of 2009, the solar
modules will come from 23 manufacturing lines on three
continents and employing more than 4,000 associates.
The company currently has manufacturing facilities
in the U.S., Germany and Malaysia and offices located
throughout North America and Europe.