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First Solar, SCE deliver 550MW PV electricity

Posted: 25 Aug 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:photovoltaic? power plant? solar power?

First Solar Inc. and Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that they will build two large-scale solar power projects in Southern California. The installations will be among the largest of their kind with a generation capacity of 550MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity. This is equivalent to powering about 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 northeastern 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 1.2 billion 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 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2010 and is considering legislation to increase the goal to 33 percent by 2020.

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