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Northeast

First Solar

continues. "They utilize the line
for manufacturing purposes as well as
R&D purposes at the same time and
work together to find viable, quick
solutions. That has allowed us to ramp

up quickly, drive costs down and bring
efficiency up."
The company recently added two
more lines to its facility in Perrysburg, which brought its capacity to

600 megawatts of output. "[This
made] it one of the largest module
manufacturing facilities in the United States," Koralewski says.
First Solar has set nine world records in cell and module efficiency
over the past five years. This, along
with other cost reductions, places
First Solar's technology directly
competitive with conventional energy sources, Koralewski says.

Up on Top
Koralewski is proud of First Solar's
open communication and the level
of trust in the company. "I'm also
proud of the rate and speed at which
we're able to make and drive improvements across our manufacturing plants," he says. "[We've seen]
just fantastic success."
First Solar will continue to be a large
player in its market, with the introduction of its Series 5 and 6 solar module
products, he says. Series 5, which will
come out in 2017, will provide advantages in both speed and cost, as well as
energy levels.
"Our energy is greater than that
of our competitor module, on a sideby-side basis, where you're looking
at the same efficiency conversions,"
he says, noting that Series 6 will be
released in the next few years. "We
see us continuing to position ourselves a strong player." mt
Von Ardenne has been supplying First Solar with

coating equipment for more than ten years. In 2015, Von
Ardenne was recognized with the First Solar NOVA Award
2015 - Best in Class Supplier. According to First Solar, Von
Ardenne "has been instrumental in helping First Solar grow
through technological advances of their glass coating
equipment, which in turn enables First Solar to achieve production-scale solar module advancements." Shellie Molina,
the then First Solar Vice President, Global Supply Chain, said
that Von Ardenne's "experience in developing specialized
coating and deposition equipment while executing to an aggressive timeline has aided First Solar in rapidly scaling the
technology roadmap." Von Ardenne "has demonstrated
the highest levels of technical excellence and commitment
to quality through the design and manufacture of core,
process-critical equipment used in our CdTe manufacturing plants," added Raffi Garabedian, First Solar's CTO.

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