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First Solar plant could boost industry — if feds assist

Excitement enveloped greater Toledo two weeks ago as executives of First Solar Inc. said they intend to construct a 1.8 million-square-foot plant — their third high-tech solar panel-making operation in northern Wood County — starting in the second half of this year. Politicians and economic development officials alike were thrilled by the decision that should […]

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First Solar to build 3rd plant, add 500 jobs

Displaying high confidence in the U.S. solar industry in general and northwest Ohio specifically, solar panel maker First Solar Inc. said it will invest $680 million to build a third factory in the Toledo area by 2023, doubling its production capacity and creating 500 jobs. First Solar, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., said construction of the […]

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Three years after layoffs, First Solar producing like never before

Three years after layoffs, First Solar producing like never before

Three years ago, the mood around the First Solar Inc. complex in Perrysburg Township was glum. The Tempe, Ariz.-based solar panel manufacturer announced the permanent layoff of about 450 employees as it phased out its older panels to make room for its new, larger Series 6 thin-film panels. The Series 6 went into production in mid-2018, and […]

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