$1.1B solar plant in Lawrence County creating 700-plus jobs

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A solar module manufacturing company is investing $1.1 billion to open up a plant in Lawrence County that will bring more than 700 jobs to the area, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced last week.

First Solar Inc. is building the facility as part of its strategic push to scale its U.S. manufacturing base in support of the expansion of renewable energy.

“First Solar is a world-class manufacturer, and its solar modules are poised to play an increasingly important role in U.S. energy self-sufficiency,” Ivey said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to see the company’s growth project headed to Lawrence County because I know it will create good jobs and have a major economic impact on this rural region.”

First Solar is the only U.S.-headquartered company among the world’s 10 largest solar manufacturers.

Tabitha Pace, president and CEO of the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board, said she is excited about First Solar’s decision to locate its manufacturing facility in the rural North Alabama county.

“Our team, from the state down to the local level, has worked extremely hard to make this project a reality. First Solar will have a tremendous impact on our economy and region,” Pace said in a statement. “We look forward to building those relationships for a successful future.”

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