first solar has selected Northern Alabama as the location for its fourth solar module manufacturing facility in the United States. The new thin film factory previously announced investments This will expand First Solar’s U.S. manufacturing footprint to over 10 GW by 2025.
The planned plant at the Mallard Fox Industrial Park outside Decatur, Alabama is an investment of approximately $1.1 billion and is expected to be operational by 2025, with a projected annual capacity of 3.5 GW. The new fully vertically integrated facility joins his three plants in Ohio, including one that is expected to be operational in the first half of 2023.
First Solar CEO Mark Widmar said: “We are proud that this facility is creating stable, high-paying manufacturing jobs across the state and demonstrating the economic and social value that clean energy can bring.”
First Solar said its new investment in Alabama and Ohio, now estimated at $1.3 billion, will add at least 850 new manufacturing jobs and over 100 new R&D jobs, expanding direct sales in the U.S. We estimate that the total number of jobs will be over 3,000 in four years. state by 2025.
If Alabama’s first solar plant is on Mallard Fox Drive, other manufacturers are likely nearby, including multiple steel distributors, polyester (PET) film makers, and multiple chemical companies.