First Solar supplier investing USD 9m in new Ohio plant

Groundbreaking of First Solar's new Ohio factory. Image by: First Solar Inc.

March 31 (Renewables Now) - Ice Industries will spend USD 9 million (EUR 8.1m) to establish a new plant in Ohio to make steel back rails for the thin film modules of First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR).

The Ohio-headquartered company said on Wednesday it is building the new facility, to be launched in October, to serve a multi-year contract with the solar major. In 2021, First Solar kicked off construction of its third solar factory in Ohio with a module capacity of 3.3 GW DC. It is located in Lake Township, while Ice Industries’ new facility will be established in Bowling Green.

“Northwest Ohio's existing solar investment, logistics advantage, glass heritage, and steel production and forming knowledge is coming together in support of alternative energy, making it the true home of American solar,” commented Howard Ice, Chairman and CEO of Ice Industries.

The company has previously supplied brackets, actuator arms, and various fasteners for different large-scale solar projects throughout the US.

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