First Solar announces 380 MW increase in orders for 2011

The company reports that it has signed agreements with 7 key customers for a 380 MW increase in orders for 2011 over previously announced volumes.

The expanded contracts are with existing customers and will serve predominantly European markets.

"Our customers continue to expect robust growth in the market for solar electricity in Europe next year," said Stephan Hansen, managing director of First Solar's European sales and customer service organisation. "The additional volumes will allow First Solar to continue to scale and contribute to making solar electricity more affordable globally."

The new contracts were all signed in recent weeks and follow announcements that First Solar is planning to add manufacturing capacity in Germany and France in order to better meet local demand and to encourage the development of the market for utility-scale solar electricity.

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