Manufacturing Process

Advanced, Continuous Process

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Unique in the PV industry, First Solar modules are manufactured in a high-throughput, automated environment that integrates all manufacturing steps into a continuous flow line. A sheet of tempered glass enters the production line and in less than 2.5 hours it is transformed into a complete PV module—flash tested, boxed and ready for shipment.


We have 18 manufacturing lines worldwide in 7 independent factories. Each line is capable of producing 2,500 modules per day—that’s 70,000 modules each day with 28 lines. About every 1.2 seconds, a completed PV module rolls off the line somewhere in the world.

Manufacturing Process

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First Solar is committed to responsible manufacturing and adheres to all applicable environmental, health, and safety requirements. All of Manufacturing sites are certified to globally recognized standards including:

  • ISO 9001 for Quality
  • ISO 14001 for Environmental Management
  • OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety




First Solar’s responsible manufacturing practices include comprehensive environmental health and safety (EHS) protocols and procedures. As a testament to our “Safety First” culture, our manufacturing injury rate is less than 1 incidence per 100 full-time workers, well below the industry average rate of 4.5.

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