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First Solar Rejects US Site for New Factory, Eyes Europe or India Instead

Top US solar company needs clarity on tax incentives before it can commit to expanding domestic production capacity.

First Solar Inc. has decided against building a new factory in the US, citing uncertainties regarding trade policy and tax incentives. 

The biggest US solar manufacturer is still planning a manufacturing facility in either Europe or India, and Chief Executive Officer Mark Widmar expects to make a final decision within 90 days. That would come after the company completes a third US plant early next year in Ohio and its first factory in India in the second half of 2023.