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First Solar to build new plant in Ohio

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First Solar announced Thursday it plans to build a new solar module manufacturing plant close to its flagship plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, as a result of solar energy demand and the tax overhaul President Trump signed into law last year.

Timing: This comes as the competition in the global solar industry continues to brew. The company said it’s expected to create 500 new jobs, and that construction will begin sometime this year and production to kickoff in late 2019.

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