First Solar Inc. has signed a contract to supply Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE) with 2 GW of DC thin-film PV modules for delivery in 2026 and 2027.
The agreement is based on LRE’s existing relationship with First Solar, a major buyer and operator of the company’s solar technology. This latest contract is expected to bring LRE’s total portfolio of First Solar modules to nearly 6 GW of direct current by 2028.
“We look forward to expanding our long-standing partnership with First Solar, which aligns with our rapid growth strategy as we continue to expand our renewable energy portfolio in the US and prioritize sustainability and responsibility,” said Jason Allen, CEO. Officer, LRE. “Through this partnership, LRE’s solar portfolio will champion U.S. manufacturing, strengthen the U.S. solar module supply chain, and support the creation of new American jobs.”
“We are pleased that Leeward Renewable Energy has expanded its commitment, not only to First Solar, but also to responsibly produced solar technology developed here in the United States,” added Georges Antoun, Chief Commercial Officer of First Solar. “In partnership with First Solar, LRE is part of a group of advanced solar project developers who have recognized the value of strategic acquisitions that optimize solar project competitiveness while minimizing pricing, supply and compliance risk.”
First Solar is expanding its production in the United States, which currently has an annual capacity of about 6 GW, at three plants operating in Ohio. The company is expected to reach more than 10 GW of annual nameplate capacity in the U.S. by 2025, when it is scheduled to complete a new $1.1 billion plant in Alabama and a $185 million expansion of its existing capacity in Ohio. First Solar is also investing up to $370 million in a new research and development innovation center in Ohio.