First Solar raises new money for project acquisitions, etc.

TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) (“First Solar”) today announced the commencement of an underwritten public offering of 8,500,000 shares of its common stock.

In addition, First Solar will grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,275,000 shares of common stock. First Solar intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions of under development photovoltaic solar power system projects, investments in photovoltaic solar power system projects that will be jointly developed with strategic partners and capital expenditures or strategic investments to develop certain business units and expand in new geographies.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, BofA Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Credit Suisse, HSBC, Credit Agricole CIB and Goldman, Sachs & Co. are also acting as book-running managers for the offering.

The shares are being offered pursuant to a shelf registration statement previously filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on June 11, 2013. A preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the offering have been filed with the SEC and are available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems which use its module and systems technology. First Solar’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today.