The Future is Sunny with First Solar Investing in RTW Louisiana!

Right to Work Louisiana Economic Update

This isn’t First Solar’s first US manufacturing facility, and we also believe this certainly won’t be their last! First Solar is establishing its fifth US location in Right to Work Iberia Parish, Louisiana with a $1.1 billion investment. In addition, they will also create 700 new jobs. So the business won’t be the only one benefitting from this investment in a Right to Work state!

From Area Development Magazine:

“We are pleased to partner with Louisiana as we lean into our commitment to creating enduring value for America by expanding our solar manufacturing footprint and the domestic value chains that enable it. […] As we evaluated our options, Louisiana’s ability to deliver the talent we need stood out, thanks to its extensive workforce development initiatives and the presence of academic institutions such as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette which now features a world-class solar energy lab. In bringing our unique, fully vertically integrated solar manufacturing model to Louisiana, we expect the plant to mirror the commitment to ‘Responsible Solar’ evident at every First Solar manufacturing facility, which are among the cleanest, safest, and most diverse in the industry. We are proud that our investment in American manufacturing will create stable, good-paying manufacturing jobs and economic and social value in the state.” […]

“First Solar’s selection of Iberia Parish for its newest solar panel production facility leaves no doubt that Louisiana is leading the global energy transition, and creating good-paying jobs as a result. […] This massive investment and the jobs it will create are a huge win for the people of Acadiana and the entire state. It is proof positive that Louisiana’s ‘all-of-the-above’ approach to energy is growing and diversifying our economy. Thank you to everyone who made this day a reality, and a special thank-you to First Solar for trusting Louisiana to be part of their mission to create a more sustainable future.” […]

“First Solar’s announcement is the largest capital investment to date in our region, and it’s a testament to the region’s economic competitiveness. […] It also speaks to the strong collaboration among partners that helped usher the project to the finish line. We celebrate with our partners from the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, the Acadiana legislative delegation, the Acadiana Planning Commission, the Iberia Parish government and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on this project win.”


To read the previous economic update on Right to Work states, click here.

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