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First Solar, Inc.

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First Solar, Inc.

First Solar knows that clean affordable solar electricity is an essential part of the worldwide energy mix. That’s why First Solar leads the way with the lowest carbon footprint, lowest water usage and fastest energy payback of any PV technology.


In the radiant world of solar innovation, First Solar stands as a beacon of commitment to excellence and sustainability. At First Solar, our mission is twofold: to produce the industry's finest thin film PV modules and to foster a safe and secure environment for our dedicated associates. Our groundbreaking manufacturing process sets us apart, as we seamlessly transform a simple sheet of glass into a fully functional solar panel in a mere 3.5 hours. What makes First Solar truly revolutionary is our dedication to sustainability, exemplified by our utilization of 98 percent fewer semiconductor materials compared to traditional crystalline silicon production methods. First Solar's global footprint is a testament to our unparalleled experience across the solar value chain. We have successfully developed, financed, engineered, and operated some of the world's largest grid-connected PV power plants. This extensive experience not only reduces risk but also ensures that our customers receive solutions that are not just reliable and dependable but also cost-effective. As the torchbearers of the fastest-growing PV technology, First Solar leads the charge in research and development, constantly advancing our technology to increase energy yield, lower LCOE, and provide seamless grid integration. Our commitment to innovation isn't just a testament to our growth; it's a promise to our customers that they will always have access to the latest and most efficient solar solutions. Cost competitiveness is a cornerstone of First Solar's philosophy. We deliver a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) that competes head-to-head with traditional fossil fuels. Our technology ensures a stable and reliable power supply during peak energy demand, acting as a resilient shield against the volatility of fuel prices. In essence, First Solar is not just a solar company; we are architects of a sustainable future. With cutting-edge technology, a global presence, and an unwavering commitment to cost competitiveness, First Solar lights the path to a cleaner and brighter tomorrow. Join us as we redefine the possibilities of solar power, one innovation at a time.

Business Type Distributors, Manufacturers, OEM, Wholesalers Country / Region
United States Arizona
Main Products Solar Panel, Mono, Poly Address
350 West Washington Street Suite 600 , Tempe , Arizona , 85281
Ownership Total Employees 5000+ People
Total Annual Revenue Year Established 1999
Certifications Trademarks
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Solar PanelMonoPoly
Business Type Distributors, Manufacturers, OEM, Wholesalers
Main Products Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
Total Employees 5000+ People
Year Established 1999
Main Markets Not Available
Country / Region United States
Address 350 West Washington Street Suite 600 , Tempe , Arizona , 85281
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Case Study: 250 WM Solar Project in Nevada

The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is a 250 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar project located on approximately

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Greenough River Solar Farm

Project Overview Situated on 80 hectares of private land approximately 50km southeast of Geraldton in Western Australia (WA),

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Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project

Project Overview The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is a 250 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar project located on

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Harold McMaster

Founder of First Solar, Inc.

The company was founded in 1990 by inventor Harold McMaster as Solar Cells, Inc. and the Florida Corporation in 1993 with JD Polk. Harold A. McMaster was an inventor with over 100 patents and entrepreneur who founded four companies. Fortune Magazine called him \"The Glass Genius\". He also worked on developing commercial-scale solar cell technology and developed a new type of engine, the \"McMaster Rotary Engine.\" McMaster was an inventor early on.

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Mark Widmar

CEO of First Solar, Inc.

Mr. Widmar became CEO of First Solar in July 2016. He joined First Solar in April 2011 as chief financial officer and served as First Solar’s chief accounting officer from February 2012 through June 2015. Mr. Widmar has also served as a director on the board of the general partner of 8point3 Energy Partners LP (“8point3 Energy Partners”), then a publicly-traded yieldco and affiliate of First Solar. Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Widmar served as chief financial officer of GrafTech International Ltd., a leading global manufacturer of advanced carbon and graphite materials, from May 2006 through March 2011, as well as president, Engineered Solutions from January 2011 through March 2011. Prior to joining GrafTech, Mr. Widmar served as corporate controller of NCR Inc. from 2005 to 2006, and was a business unit chief financial officer for NCR from November 2002 to his appointment as controller. He also served as a division controller at Dell, Inc. from August 2000 to November 2002 prior to joining NCR. Mr. Widmar also held various financial and managerial positions with Lucent Technologies Inc., Allied Signal, Inc., and Bristol Myers/Squibb, Inc. He began his career in 1987 as an accountant with Ernst & Young. Mr. Widmar holds a Bachelor of Science in business accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University.

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Georges Antoun

Sales Contact of First Solar, Inc.

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