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Successfully Energized Solar Power System To Sustain Taliesin West

Taliesin West

Desert masterpiece Taliesin West is pursuing the dreams of a mastermind. With a mission to honor its founder, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation inaugurated a new 250 kw solar photovoltaic (PV) power system donated by First Solar, which will help power the 75-year-old Taliesin West campus. Energy efficiency consultant Big Green Zero has also joined forces… Read More →

Taliesin West Gets Solar Power System


The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation today inaugurated a new 250-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power system donated by First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) which will help power the historic Taliesin West campus. The commissioning marks the successful completion of the first phase of the Energizing Taliesin West initiative, a pioneering effort to transform the entire National Historic Landmark Taliesin… Read More →

First Solar Appoints Hughes CEO

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First Solar, Inc. announced that James Hughes has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Hughes succeeds Mike Ahearn, First Solar’s founder and Chairman, who has been serving as interim CEO since Oct. 2011. Hughes joined First Solar in March as Chief Commercial Officer. Ahearn will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board. “Jim has… Read More →

First Solar Expands Board Of Directors

First Solar 2 vacancies for board members

First Solar, Inc. announced that it nominated two new candidates for election to the Company’s Board of Directors and that it has expanded the size of the Board to eleven from nine, creating two vacancies as it continues to seek additional independent directors. As detailed in its Proxy Statement, which was filed today with the… Read More →

First Solar Lays Off 2,000 As Demand Wanes

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Tempe-based First Solar Inc. will lay off 2,000 workers and close its factory in Germany following a collapse in solar panel prices that has erased the industry’s profits and forced some smaller companies into bankruptcy. America’s biggest solar manufacturer said the layoffs amount to 30 percent of its global workforce. It’s an about-face for a… Read More →

Hughes Joins First Solar As Chief Commercial Officer

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by in Business News

First Solar, Inc. announced it has hired James Hughes as Chief Commercial Officer. In this newly created role designed to accelerate First Solar’s entry into emerging markets, Hughes will have comprehensive leadership responsibility for global business development and sales; project development; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC); product management and international public affairs and communications. Reporting… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary

Arizona Commerce Authority, AZRE Magazine November/December 2011
by in Job Creation

With the Arizona Commerce Authority celebrating its 1st year, jobs remain the focus as the state’s CRE industry reaps the benefits. In August, Tempe-based First Solar purchased 635 acres in Pinal County for $9.8M and announced plans to build a generating station on the property. The rapidly expanding, clean-energy company is still constructing its solar module… Read More →

First Solar To Open Manufacturing Plant In Mesa

First Solar, Mesa
by in Green

First Solar is moving to Mesa after consolidating its Vietnam manufacturing plant. The First Solar manufacturing plant will bring approximately 1,200 jobs to Mesa. The plant is currently in its construction phase and the estimated completion for the manufacturing plant’s first phase will be in the third quarter of 2012. First Solar’s Reciprocal Benefits For Company and… Read More →

NAIOP Roundtable 2011

NAIOP Roundtable 2011 - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011
by in Associations

NAIOP Roundtable 2011 The commercial real estate industry is clearly recovering. Companies are absorbing vacant space, build-to-suit development is active and abundant capital is pursuing core real estate. The key question remains, however, how do we compare with the other major markets when it comes to job and population growth? In short, when will the… Read More →

Arizona Forward Enhances Awareness of Arizona’s Park Issues

Arizona Forward, State Park Issues
by in Columnist Spotlight | Economy | Green

Arizona Forward Enhances Awareness of Arizona’s Park Issues Arizonans value their parks and open space, consistently ranking them as key quality of life indicators. A recent survey conducted of residents statewide shows that 87 percent visit a park or recreation area at least once a year, with 23 percent doing so on a weekly basis.… Read More →

First Solar and Mesa Proving Grounds: East Valley Center for Economic Growth

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by in Building Green

CoreNet Global brought together panelists who were instrumental in the planning that led to First Solar’s decision to locate their second US manufacturing facility in the City of Mesa. On March 17, 2011, First Solar announced it was acquiring 135 acres within the Mesa Proving Grounds to build the first phase of a $300 million… Read More →

Speaker: David Erhart ~ BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011

Feature Big Green 2011
by in Events | Green

David Erhart, First Solar David Erhart serves as a marketing communications specialist for First Solar, the largest thin film solar company in the world. In this role he oversees a range of activities, including global inquiry handling, brand research, and competitive analysis. Mr. Erhart also manages a cross-functional marketing team whose members are based in… Read More →