“While designing and building this factory of the future we’re challenging ourselves to focus on the continuous improvement of our throughput, quality, and safety through automation without losing sight of our greatest strength, our people,” said Mike Koralewski, chief manufacturing operations officer for First Solar. “We see this as an opportunity for our associates to upskill, learn new technologies, continue to grow and develop themselves as our factories and products continually evolve.”
The 1.8 million-square-foot expansion will increase the country’s domestic photovoltaic (PV) solar manufacturing capacity by 3.3 gigawatts annually. The company plans to fund the construction of its third U.S. manufacturing facility with existing cash resources.
The new plant is expected to be operational by the first half of 2023. It is contingent on permitting and approval of state, regional and local incentives.
When fully operational, First Solar’s northwest Ohio footprint will produce 6 gigawatts of annual capacity, which the company believes will make it the largest fully integrated solar manufacturing complex outside of China.
The Rudolph-Libbe Group served as a design and build contractor for the project. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
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