HCC Begins Collaboration with First Solar to Support Alternative Energy Technology Program

  HCC Begins Collaboration with First Solar to Support Alternative Energy
  Technology Program

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- November 01, 2012

Hagerstown Community College (HCC) and First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR), a
leading provider of photovoltaic (PV) solar system solutions, today announced
the start of collaborative initiatives for faculty and students in HCC’s
alternative energy technology program to benefit from the construction and
operation of the 20-megawatt Maryland Solar facility, a First Solar project
currently under construction in Washington County.

Maryland Solar has agreed to provide HCC and its students with site visits,
guest lectures, internships and a digital “dashboard” at HCC’s STEM Building
so visitors can get a first-hand view of operational data direct from the
solar farm.

Maryland Solar has also agreed to provide HCC with solar panels, enabling the
college to install and maintain a small, ground-mounted solar power plant as
well as a roof-mounted PV system on its STEM building. These solar panels will
further enhance the educational opportunities available to HCC’s students and
help offset electricity usage on the HCC campus.

“With First Solar being one of the largest providers of PV solar panels in the
world, we are most appreciative of their generosity in making these very
valuable donations to our rapidly growing alternative energy program,” said
Guy Altieri, HCC president. “To have a corporation as prestigious as First
Solar feel that the quality of HCC’s alternative energy curriculum is
deserving of their contributions of hundreds of state-of-the art solar panels,
staff expertise, and opportunities for our associate degree students to
receive paid internships, is a wonderful testimonial that our faculty and
staff have created a truly world-class program.”

“First Solar is committed to supporting the communities near its solar
projects and to providing green jobs and educational opportunities for
neighboring residents and businesses,” said Roy Skinner, director of
permitting for First Solar. “We are excited about this collaboration, which
will provide first-hand utility-scale solar knowledge and experience for HCC’s
faculty and students.”

The 20-megawatt Maryland Solar facility is expected to begin commercial
operation in 2013.

HCC offers an associate degree program in alternative energy technology, and
certificates in solar/wind energy installation/service and geothermal energy
installation/service. Students get hands-on training using advanced
technologies offered in the alternative energy lab, housed in HCC’s new 65,000
sq. ft. STEM Building. For more information, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/aet.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV)
solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. The company's
integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive
alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material
sourcing through end-of-life module collection and recycling, First Solar's
renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more
information about First Solar, please visit http://www.firstsolar.com.

For First Solar Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to
the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute
guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks
associated with the company's business involving the company's products, their
development and distribution, economic and competitive factors and the
company's key strategic relationships and other risks detailed in the
company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. First Solar
assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in
this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.


Beth Stull, 240-500-2265
Director of Public Information
First Solar
Alan Bernheimer, 415-935-2499
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