TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced today that it has signed a
syndicated development loan facility agreement of approximately 7
billion yen (US$64 million) with Mizuho Bank Ltd. for its utility-scale
solar project pipeline in Japan using First Solar modules.
This financing represents the first syndicated solar project development
loan facility arranged and participated in by Mizuho Bank, and it is the
third loan facility First Solar has secured with Mizuho Bank. Today’s
agreement demonstrates First Solar’s project development capabilities
and track record in successfully financing and delivering projects that
support Japan’s goal to be powered by reliable and affordable solar
This financing arrangement will facilitate utility-scale solar projects
that will utilize First Solar’s next generation Series 6 technology,
confirming the performance and reliability advantages inherent to First
Solar’s technology in Japan. First Solar technology is bankable
worldwide and proven domestically to consistently perform above
expectations in operation. First Solar’s industry-leading combination of
module power output, superior energy production, and stable performance
allows mega-solar power plant owners to produce more energy and revenue
than alternative technologies.
First Solar provides energy solutions that support Japan’s renewable
energy target of 7 percent solar by 2030. First Solar is committed to
the Japan market with a long-term sustainable business model.
About First Solar, Inc.
First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic
(PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology.
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 recycling, First
Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment.
For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.
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Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements, among
other things, concerning: effects on our financial statements resulting
from certain module manufacturing changes and associated restructuring
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estimated future module collection and recycling costs), warranties,
solar module technology and cost reduction roadmaps, restructuring,
product reliability, investments in unconsolidated affiliates and
capital expenditures; our ability to continue to reduce the cost per
watt of our solar modules; our ability to expand manufacturing capacity
worldwide; our ability to reduce the costs to construct PV solar power
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Hitomi Onda, Eiko Aiba
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