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First Solar, SCE to build two PV plants

Posted: 25 Aug 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:photovoltaic  power plant  solar power 

First Solar Inc. and Southern California Edison (SCE) have agreed to build two large-scale solar power projects in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in Southern California. The installations will have a generation capacity of 550MW of photovoltaic solar electricity. This is enough to power approximately 170,000 homes. The agreements are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

"Southern California Edison is always looking for innovative ways to deliver clean power from renewable sources. First Solar is an excellent partner in helping us achieve our goals," said Stuart Hemphill, senior VP for power procurement at SCE. "This agreement is good for our customers, for the industry and for the environment."

First Solar will engineer, procure and construct the two solar facilities, using its thin-film PV solar modules. The projects are the 250MW Desert Sunlight project near Desert Center, and the 300MW Stateline project in north-eastern San Bernardino County. Pending network upgrades and receipt of applicable governmental permits, construction is scheduled to begin in 2012 for Desert Sunlight and 2013 for Stateline. Both projects are expected to be completed in 2015. Several hundred construction jobs are expected to be created at each site. When completed, the solar projects will produce 120 crore KW-hrs of clean energy per year.

"Supplying solar power to Southern California Edison and its customers advances our mission of providing clean, affordable and sustainable solar electricity," said John Carrington, executive VP of marketing and business development at First Solar. "These projects will help California reach its renewable energy goals, and are powerful examples of large-scale PV solar generation becoming a reality in the United States."

California currently has a goal of delivering 20 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2010 and is considering legislation to increase the goal to 33 per cent by 2020.

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