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First Solar and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments Ink Module Deal

200MWdc of Series 6 modules slated for DESRI Project Pipeline

TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced today that it has completed a
module sale deal with an affiliate of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments,
L.L.C. (DESRI) totaling 200 Megawatts (MW)dc and with delivery dates in
2019. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

First Solar will provide 200MWdc of its new large area Series 6 thin
film photovoltaic (PV) modules to DESRI for its near-term pipeline of
projects going into construction in the next two years in the U.S. In
addition, First Solar signed operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts
for two projects that DESRI is developing.

“DESRI is thrilled to continue growing its partnership with First
Solar,” said Bryan Martin, CEO of DESRI. “We take great comfort knowing
that these projects will benefit from the company’s cutting-edge module
technology in the industry, as well as its exceptional O&M services
during operations.”

“This combination of our industry-leading module technology and
world-class O&M services will provide DESRI with a reliable, resilient
and high-performance renewable energy generation asset,” said Georges
Antoun, Chief Commercial Officer, First Solar. “We are proud to build on
our strong relationship with this trusted partner.”

In addition to this module sale, DESRI has acquired three solar projects
from First Solar since 2016 – the 40MWac Cuyama Solar Project in Santa
Barbara County, Calif., the 31MWac Portal Ridge Solar Project in Los
Angeles County, Calif., and the 11MWac Rancho Seco Solar Project in
Sacramento County, Calif.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic
(PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology.
The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically
attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From
raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First
Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment.
For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

About D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C.

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI) and its affiliates
acquire, own, and manage long-term contracted renewable energy assets in
North America. DESRI's portfolio of renewable energy projects currently
includes 28 wind and solar projects that represent more than 1,350 MW of
aggregate capacity. DESRI is a member of the D. E. Shaw group, a global
investment and technology development firm with more than $46 billion in
investment capital as of October 1, 2017, and offices in North America,
Europe, and Asia. Please visit www.deshaw.com
for more information about the D. E. Shaw group.

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