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Ghafari to Design New First Solar Module Manufacturing Plant in Ohio

Ghafari to Design New First Solar Module Manufacturing Plant in Ohio

Dearborn, MI – Global architecture, engineering, and process design firm Ghafari Associates is set to design the new First Solar module manufacturing plant in Lake Township, Ohio. The one-million-square-foot facility will sit on a greenfield site and once complete will be the largest single thin-film solar module manufacturing facility in the U.S.

“We are excited to be part of such a monumental project,” says George Barbu, Ghafari Vice President. “The project has an aggressive schedule – we started the design for the facility in March and broke ground for construction this June. Our team has worked hand-in-hand with project stakeholders to help them achieve their goals for this project. We’re looking forward to the completed facility.”

Ghafari is providing programming, planning, architecture, interior design and structural engineering services for the new facility.

First Solar officially broke ground on the massive factory on June 8. The new facility will be located near First Solar’s existing factory and research and development center in Perrysburg, Ohio. The Lake Township facility will have the capacity to produce 1.2 gigawatts of the company’s new, large-format Series 6 modules each year.

About Ghafari Associates

An innovator since 1982, Ghafari embraces an integrated design approach to deliver solutions that synergize building operations, systems, and people. This approach is made possible by the firm’s full complement of capabilities, including architecture, interior design, civil + structural engineering, MEP, ICT + security, and operations + systems engineering. Ghafari supports the automotive, aviation, commercial, education, government + institutional, healthcare, industrial + manufacturing, and workplace sectors through 11 offices across the globe. To learn more, visit

Media Contacts:

Nicole Ghafari | Marketing Principal | Ghafari | | +1.248.765.2808