Industry Saddened By Deaths of First Solar Employees

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement after learning of the tragic deaths of two First Solar construction supervisors in a plane crash near the Desert Sunlight solar facility in Riverside County, California.

"This is a sad day for the 120,000 men and women who work in America's solar  industry.  We have lost two highly-respected members of our community, Mike Cyr and Jeff Randall.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their family and their friends, as well as to all employees at First Solar."

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Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

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Ken Johnson, kjohnson@seia.org, 202.556.2885

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