First Solar announces 380 MW increase in orders for next year

The expanded contracts are with existing customers, says the company, and will serve predominantly European markets.

It adds that they were all signed in recent weeks and follow announcements that First Solar is planning to add manufacturing capacity in Germany and France, “to better meet local demand and to encourage the development of the market for utility-scale solar electricity”.

"Our customers continue to expect robust growth in the market for solar electricity in Europe next year," said Stephan Hansen, managing director of First Solar’s European sales and customer service organization.