First Solar dedicates Arizona factory; appoints GM

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The U.S. module manufacturer says that construction work on its latest factory, in Mesa, Arizona is positively progressing. As such, it is on schedule to start producing its thin film modules there by the third quarter of 2012.

Overall, First Solar says it is investing over USD$300 million in the four line factory, which is expected to see around 600 people employed there.

The manufacturer adds that the modules produced will be used in its 2,600 MW North American pipeline, which includes the 290 MW Agua Caliente project, the 550 MW Topaz project, the 230 MW Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One and the 550 MW Desert Sunlight project.

In a statement, First Solar CEO, Rob Gillette commented, "Our Mesa factory has progressed from an idea to advanced construction in just a few short months, which would not have been possible without the support and hard work of countless state and local officials." He added that the U.S. is First Solar’s fastest-growing market.

The dedication was held on Friday reception at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Mesa. It was attended by representatives from the city of Mesa and First Solar officials.