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First Solar Announces Departure of Bruce Sohn

April 13, 2011

TEMPE, Ariz., Apr 13, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) today announced that Bruce Sohn, President of Operations, will be leaving the company effective April 30, 2011. Sohn will not be replaced, and his direct reports will continue in their current responsibilities with new reporting lines. Among those leaders, Tymen DeJong, Senior Vice President of Operations, Doug Duval, Vice President of Supply Chain, Heinrich Eichermueller, Senior Vice President of Plant Replication, and Jim Lamon, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), will report to Rob Gillette, CEO of First Solar.

"Bruce has been an important part of First Solar's history and growth, and his dedication to our vision has been unwavering. His leadership in establishing and building our manufacturing capabilities on a global scale has been a key driver of our success," said Gillette. "Bruce and I have taken stock of his considerable achievements and we have agreed this is a natural time for him to pursue new opportunities outside the company. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

"I am proud of what we have accomplished at First Solar so far and remain confident in the company's future," said Sohn. "Not only have we achieved our cost and manufacturing milestones, but we also have positioned a new generation of leaders to take First Solar into the next phase of growth."

Sohn has been an integral part of First Solar's early history, working as an engineering, operations and managerial consultant and serving on First Solar's Board of Directors from 2003 to 2009. He joined the executive team in 2007 as President, and since then has been responsible for technology, operations and supply chain for module production, as well as for the EPC and Operations and Maintenance groups.

Tymen DeJong joined First Solar in 2010 as Vice President of Manufacturing from Numonyx Corporation, where he worked since 2008, most recently as a Vice President of Assembly/Test Manufacturing. Before that he worked for 25 years at Intel Corporation in Fab and Assembly/Test Manufacturing. Doug Duval joined First Solar as Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management in 2008 from Spansion Inc. where he was Vice President, Global Supply Chain Management. He previously worked in procurement at Advanced Micro Devices and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Heinrich Eichermueller has been with First Solar's manufacturing team since 2006 and has run the Plant Replication team for the past year. Before that he held roles as Vice President of operations for NanoNexus, FlexICs and Siemens Solar Industries. Jim Lamon joined First Solar's EPC group in 2008. He has more than 25 years of experience in engineering and construction management, including leadership positions at Shaw Power, Aker Kvaerner Power, Clark Construction and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced semiconductor technology and provides comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) system solutions. The company is delivering an economically viable alternative to fossil-fuel generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life collection and recycling, First Solar is focused on creating cost-effective, renewable energy solutions that protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit

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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