First Solar Mesa construction site photo blog: The next big PV production fab rises from the desert

Date: 28 September 2011
Source: http://www.pv-tech.org
With its framework structure erect and the first walls attached, the shell of what will be one of the largest PV manufacturing plants in the US is quickly rising from the desert floor in Mesa, AZ, east of Phoenix.

The freeway-close First Solar production center will join the company’s mothership factory complex in Perrysburg, OH, as a second domestic site once it comes online next year. During a visit to—and exciting Bobcat ride around—the project this week, I found out that construction activities are in full swing, as the accompanying photos attest.

The contractor team, led by global engineering and construction firm M+W Group, is building the nearly million-square-foot, $300 million facility for First Solar near the corner of East Elliot and South Signal Butte roads on about 130 acres of what used to be the GM/Mesa Proving Grounds, now owned by DMB.

Read the full story and view the pictures: www.pv-tech.org/chip_shots_blog/first_solar_mesa_construction_site_photo_blog_the_next_big_pv_production_fa

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