First Solar Named "Official Solar Provider" of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open

  First Solar Named "Official Solar Provider" of the 2013 Waste Management
  Phoenix Open

Business Wire

TEMPE, Ariz. -- January 24, 2013

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) has been designated the Official Solar
Provider of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. This is
First Solar’s second year as the exclusive solar provider to the event.

Photovoltaic array from First Solar at 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open
(Photo: Business Wire)

Photovoltaic array from First Solar at 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open
(Photo: Business Wire)

First Solar will provide a solar photovoltaic (PV) array to help power the
event, including the Waste Management corporate tent on the 18th hole. The
2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open will take place Monday, Jan. 28, through
Sunday, Feb. 3, at the TPC Scottsdale.

"It’s great to have First Solar return to this year’s Waste Management Phoenix
Open and expand our sustainability efforts," said Tom Altieri, 2013 Waste
Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman. "With First Solar powering a
portion of the event, including Waste Management’s corporate tent, with green
renewable energy, we further illustrate why we’re the 'Greenest' Show on

"We’re proud to showcase our technology and support an event that's an
important part of the PGA Tour and our community,” said Ted Meyer, First Solar
Vice President of Communications.

Meyer said fans at the TPC Scottsdale will have an opportunity to see the same
First Solar PV technology used at the recently completed Avra Valley solar
project near Tucson and at numerous other utility-scale projects under
development in the U.S. southwest.

A custom 1.6 kilowatt mobile demonstration solar array will be deployed
adjacent to the Waste Management corporate tent, providing the site with
clean, renewable electric power for the run of the tournament. The array was
fabricated with assistance from Tucson-based Premiere Builders Group.

The tournament host Thunderbirds have raised more than $80 million for
charities, with more than $50 million generated since 2004. The 2013 edition
will mark the 78th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest
events on the PGA Tour (not including the major championships). Title sponsor
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of
comprehensive waste management services in North America. For more information
on the Thunderbirds or the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, call the
Thunderbirds office at (602) 870-0163 or visit For more
information on First Solar, visit

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

For First Solar Investors

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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.

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Rob Myers
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