First Solar Begins Production At New German Factory, Reaches 4 GW Milestone


First Solar Inc. says its second factory at Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, has begun producing solar modules one month ahead of schedule.

The four new production lines are still expected to ramp to full production during the third quarter of this year, bringing annual capacity at the two Frankfurt factories to more than 500 MW.

In addition, the company notes that it has manufactured 4 GW of thin-film photovoltaic solar modules since beginning commercial production in 2002. First Solar also has manufacturing sites in Perrysburg, Ohio, and Kulim, Malaysia, as well as new plants under construction in Mesa, Ariz., and Vietnam. It recently completed the production ramp of its two newest plants in Malaysia.

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