Rudolph Libbe Inc. will serve as the design/build contractor for First Solar’s new 1.2 GW solar module factory. The facility was announced just before First Solar’s quarterly earning call last week – when they reminded us that they were sold out until mid-2020.
Rudolph Libbe is located in Toldeo, Ohio and has been building, primarily in the Midwest since 1955. GEM Energy, a subsidiary of the broader Rudolph Libbe Group that also own Rudolph Libbe Inc., has built 50 MW worth of solar farms – some of them First Solar projects (including the below – and relatively unique – non-utility scale First Solar system).
The new First Solar facility will be located in Lake Township, Ohio, about a mile from the company’s flagship manufacturing center in Perrysburg (which was also constructed by Libbe). Finally, the construction contractor helped First Solar in choosing the 110-acre site through various other service groups the company offers.
Construction of the million-square foot structure is expected to begin this summer and First Solar hopes that the plant will be producing its first modules by the end of 2019.