First Solar has chosen northern Alabama as the situation for its fourth U.S. photo voltaic module manufacturing facility. The brand new thin-film manufacturing facility is a part of the beforehand introduced funding that may develop First Photo voltaic’s American manufacturing footprint to over 10 GW by 2025.
The deliberate manufacturing facility within the Mallard Fox Industrial Park outdoors Decatur, Alabama, represents an funding of roughly $1.1 billion and is anticipated to be commissioned by 2025, with a deliberate annual capability of three.5 GW. The brand new absolutely vertically built-in facility will be a part of three factories in Ohio, together with one that’s scheduled to come back on-line within the first half of 2023.
“Our dedication to accountable photo voltaic contains working amenities which are among the many cleanest, most secure, and most numerous within the nation, and we’re happy to convey our mannequin of accountable photo voltaic manufacturing to Alabama,” stated Mark Widmar, CEO of First Photo voltaic. “We’re happy with the position that this facility will play in creating steady, good-paying manufacturing jobs within the state, demonstrating the financial and social worth that clear power can ship.”
First Photo voltaic estimates that its new investments in Alabama and Ohio, now estimated at $1.3 billion, will add no less than 850 new manufacturing and over 100 new R&D jobs, taking its complete variety of direct jobs in the US to greater than 3,000 folks in 4 states by 2025.
If the First Photo voltaic plant in Alabama might be on Mallard Fox Drive, it seems that there are different producers close by, together with a number of metal distributors, a polyester (PET) movie producer and a number of chemical firms.
See a listing of U.S. photo voltaic panel producers right here.