First Solar Becomes Largest PV Module Manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere

Production is now underway at First Solar Inc.’s new photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio—its second factory in the United
States. First Solar continues to operate its flagship factory in Perrysburg, Ohio, effectively scaling its total annualized production capacity in the U.S. to 1.9-gigawatts (GW)DC.

First Solar’s expanded manufacturing footprint in the U.S., which represents over $1 billion in cumulative investment and has created approximately 500 new jobs, makes it the largest solar manufacturer in America and the Western Hemisphere. The investment includes a new $265 million transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated glass factory being built by the NSG Group in Troy Township, Ohio, its first new float glass line in the country since 1980.

“Eighteen months ago, we announced that we would expand our manufacturing footprint in the United States in response to demand. We have delivered,” says First Solar CEO Mark Widmar. “The fact that we were able to transform a greenfield site into a high tech manufacturing facility in that time, and on time, speaks volumes about not just the scalability of our technology, and our ability to deliver on our commitments, but also the relentless energy of our people, our towering strength.”

Both facilities produce First Solar’s Series 6 module technology. Designed and developed at the company’s research and development centers in California and Ohio, the module is produced in three and a half hours using fully-integrated manufacturing processes. Each large-format Series 6 module leverages First Solar’s proprietary thin film technology, retaining the performance and reliability advantages of earlier generation modules, according to the company. With a carbon footprint that is up to six times lower
than crystalline silicon PV panels that are manufactured using energy-intensive production methods, Series 6 delivers a superior environmental profile and cleaner solar electricity, according to the company.

Ubiquitous Energy Celebrates Grand Opening of Transparent Solar Window Prototype Production Line

Ubiquitous Energy opened its ClearView Power window prototype production line in a grand opening event held at the company’s office and facility in Redwood City, Calif. The event was attended by the Redwood City Council, representatives of state and federal political leaders, company partners, building  developers and designers, among others.

“We are thrilled to open our first transparent solar window production line. This is an important milestone as we continue quickly marching toward getting transparent solar windows out into the commercial market and installed into buildings,” says CEO Keith Wilson.

The solar windows that will be fabricated from the prototype production line will be used in pilot installations.

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