First Solar Hires Johan Cilliers as Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa
Establishes South Africa operating subsidiary
CAPE TOWN, South Africa & TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that Johan Cilliers has
joined the company as Regional Director of Business Development for
Sub-Saharan Africa and Managing Director of its new South Africa
operating subsidiary. Cilliers will be based in First Solar's newly
established office in Cape Town and will report to Christopher
Burghardt, Vice President of Business Development for Europe, Middle
East and Africa (EMEA).
Cilliers brings more than 25 years of energy industry experience in
South Africa and the region to First Solar. He joins from Suzlon, where
he was vice president of sales and marketing in South Africa. Prior to
that he worked at General Electric, Siemens and Eskom in a wide range of
roles including market development, sales and marketing, project
development and financing.
"South Africa has great potential to be a sustainable market for solar
energy, and Cilliers' quarter-century of experience in the African
energy industry and strong understanding of the Sub-Saharan Africa
market will be invaluable as we work with our customers to help the
region meet its energy and economic development needs," said Burghardt.
"I am excited to be part of the First Solar team, which combines proven
technology and unrivaled experience with a local approach that supports
both the energy and economic development needs of this market," said
Cilliers earned a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Pretoria
and BS degree in energy from the University of Johannesburg.
About First Solar, Inc.
First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic
(PV) solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. 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 collection and
recycling, First Solar's renewable energy systems protect and enhance
the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.
For First Solar Investors
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant
to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not
constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a
number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially,
including risks associated with the company's business involving the
company's products, their development and distribution, economic and
competitive factors and the company's key strategic relationships and
other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. First Solar assumes no obligation to update any
forward-looking information contained in this press release or with
respect to the announcements described herein.
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