First Solar Hires Johan Cilliers as Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa

  First Solar Hires Johan Cilliers as Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa

Establishes South Africa operating subsidiary

Business Wire

CAPE TOWN, South Africa & TEMPE, Ariz. -- December 04, 2012

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that Johan Cilliers has
joined the company as Regional Director of Business Development for
Sub-Saharan Africa and Managing Director of its new South Africa operating
subsidiary. Cilliers will be based in First Solar’s newly established office
in Cape Town and will report to Christopher Burghardt, Vice President of
Business Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Cilliers brings more than 25 years of energy industry experience in South
Africa and the region to First Solar. He joins from Suzlon, where he was vice
president of sales and marketing in South Africa. Prior to that he worked at
General Electric, Siemens and Eskom in a wide range of roles including market
development, sales and marketing, project development and financing.

"South Africa has great potential to be a sustainable market for solar energy,
and Cilliers’ quarter-century of experience in the African energy industry and
strong understanding of the Sub-Saharan Africa market will be invaluable as we
work with our customers to help the region meet its energy and economic
development needs," said Burghardt.

"I am excited to be part of the First Solar team, which combines proven
technology and unrivaled experience with a local approach that supports both
the energy and economic development needs of this market," said Cilliers.

Cilliers earned a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Pretoria and
BS degree in energy from the University of Johannesburg.

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 www.firstsolar.com.

For First Solar Investors

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Contact:

Media
Michael Farr
Arcay Burson-Marsteller for First Solar
+27 (0)83-4082256
michael.f@arcaybm.com
or
Ted Meyer
First Solar
+1 602-427-3318
ted.meyer@firstsolar.com
or
First Solar Investors
David Brady
+1 602 414-9315
dbrady@firstsolar.com
or
Ryan Ferguson
+1 602 414-9315
rferguson@firstsolar.com
 
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