Wednesday, July 23, 2008

First Solar officially opens Malaysian plant (FSLR)

First Solar has held an opening ceremony for the first four plants being built at the Kulim Hi Tech Park in Kedah, Malaysia. The four thin-film manufacturing facilities make up an investment of $680 million by First Solar and create around 2,000 jobs, the company said. When fully ramped, the four facilities will have a 720MW capacity and are a key aspect of First Solar’s plans for 1GW-plus production by the end of 2009....

From The Star (Malaysia):
First Solar opens RM2bil plant in Kulim Hi-Tech Park

...First Solar president Bruce Sohn said the new plant would create 2,000 jobs.

“When our four plants are up and fully running late in 2009, the 16 lines will be churning out over 700 megawatts (MW) of the company’s 1 GW of worldwide capacity – 70% of our total output,” he said....MORE