27 May 2010


First Solar joins US Clean Energy trade mission in China

Along with 45 other executives from 24 businesses, Bruce Sohn - president of First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA - participated on a cabinet-level Clean Energy Trade Mission led by US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke travelling through China from 19-21 May. The aim is to explore opportunities to meet China’s growing demand for clean energy, and help US firms already doing business in China to grow by increasing their exports and assist experienced US exporters to enter the Chinese market for the first time.

“As they grow their presence in fast-growing countries like China, companies like First Solar can help solve unprecedented energy and environmental challenges while creating good paying jobs for the people of America and China,” said Locke.

“China has the potential to become a leading global solar market and we intend to contribute to sustainable solar developments in all key markets globally,” said Sohn.

First Solar makes thin-film photovoltaic modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) as well as providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. The firm has a solar module manufacturing plant in Perrysburg, OH, and a US workforce exceeding 1400 (which has more than doubled since 2006, largely due to exports).

Last September, First Solar signed an agreement with the Ordos City Government to develop the world’s largest solar power plant (with a capacity of 2GW) in Inner Mongolia, involving supplying its PV technology to China and leveraging its experience of building large-scale PV power plants.

“We are encouraged by the Chinese government’s focus on adopting sustainable clean energy technology and making renewable electricity economically viable,” commented Sohn.

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