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First Solar to build second 1.2GW manufacturing plant in Ohio

First Solar announced  yesterday plans to build a new solar module manufacturing facility near its existing Perrysburg, Ohio flagship plant. The 1.2 gigawatt factory is expected to create 500 new jobs in northwestern Ohio, and will produce the company’s advanced technology Series 6 thin film photovoltaic (PV) module.

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First Solar unveils first functional Series 6 PV module and expands production facility in Vietnam

U.S. module manufacturer First Solar announced yesterday the unveiling of the first functional Series 6 thin film photovoltaic module off the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio, new production line. Presented during a meeting with investment analysts at the Perrysburg facility, the large area Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) glass-on-glass module was part of the first batch of material run completely through the recently activated line.

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First Solar leads world’s top 30 utility-scale solar EPC contractors ranking for 2015

Wiki-Solar.org released this week the list of world’s top 30 utility-scale solar EPC contractors for the year 2015, where First Solar ranks first again, as it did in 2014.

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YieldCo Formed by First Solar and SunPower seeks $483 Million in stock offering

8point3 Energy Partners LP, a limited partnership formed by First Solar and SunPower Corporation to own and operate a portfolio of selected solar energy generation assets, announced last week that it has commenced an initial public offering (IPO) of Class A shares representing limited partner interests in 8point3 Energy Partners.

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Jordan breaks ground on largest solar PV project in the Middle East

The Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Monday a major solar power venture has got underway in Jordan’s southern governorate of Ma’an with investments totaling $170 million and targeted electricity output of 52.5 megawatts.

Shams Ma’an Power Generation PSC, the company which will carry the project, launched the construction phase of the electricity generation venture which will use photovoltaic cells. The venture is the first of its kind in Jordan and the largest in the region.

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