First Solar, a US based company plans to invest $684 million in a new, fully vertically integrated photovoltaic thin film solar module manufacturing facility in India. The planned facility is expected to have a capacity of 3.3 GW. Contingent on permissions and incentives, the facility is expected to be built in Tamil Nadu and commence operations in the second half of 2023.
The planned facility will be involved in sourcing, manufacturing, and lifecycle management, and is expected to feature an integrated, high-value recycling facility that will be able to recover over 90 per cent of materials from processed modules for reuse.The facility will be designed using the manufacturing template established for First Solar’s recently-announced factory in Ohio. Combining skilled workers with Industry 4.0 architecture, machine-to-machine communication, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things connectivity, it will feature high degrees of automation and precision.
First Solaranticipates that its nameplate manufacturing capacity will double to 16 GW in 2024. First Solar produces its thin film PV modules using a fully integrated, continuous process under one roof and does not rely on Chinese c-Si supply chains. The company’s module technologyuses Cadmium Telluride (CadTel) semiconductor and has low carbon and water footprints.