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First Solar PV Modules Receive New IEC Certification for Effectiveness in Coastal Environments

July 27, 2011

TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that its advanced thin-film solar modules have received a new international certification confirming that the company's technology can be used in a variety of operating conditions, including coastal environments.

First Solar's photovoltaic (PV) modules have passed the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) 61701 salt mist corrosion test, which studies module performance in coastal environments characterized by corrosive salt mist.

"This certification further demonstrates the robustness and versatility of First Solar's PV technology," said John Kufner, First Solar director of global module product management. "The data shows that our modules can be expected to produce clean electricity in coastal marine environments without any performance concerns."

The IEC 61701 accreditation applies to First Solar's Series 3 modules.

All First Solar modules are backed by a 25-year performance warranty and covered by an industry-leading, prefunded collection and recycling program.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced semiconductor technology, and is a premier provider of 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 value-driven renewable energy solutions that 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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Source: First Solar, Inc.

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