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First Solar produces 1 GW of solar PV modules in a single year

First Solar Inc manufactured and shipped more than 1 GW of its solar photovoltaic (PV) solar modules in 2009, and could thereby be the first solar PV company to attain this production volume in a single year.

First Solar has increased its manufacturing capacity from approximately 75 MW per year at the beginning of 2007 to more than 1 GW today.

"This proof that the solar industry can achieve the manufacturing scale necessary to fight climate change is especially timely in light of the Copenhagen conference," says Bruce Sohn, First Solar President. "Our efforts in scaling our technology are critical to creating a more sustainable energy infrastructure and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

First Solar also broke the US$1/W barrier earlier this year.

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