First Solar to construct 26 MW Arizona PV plant; sells 2 projects


In addition to building the large-scale project, First Solar will also supply its thin film photovoltaic modules and single-axis tracker system. Construction is scheduled to begin this month and should be completed by the end of 2012. A total of 200 jobs are expected to be created, and the generated electricity will be sold to Tucson Electric Power under a 20- year power purchase agreement.

"NRG and First Solar have built a very strong working relationship, starting with our first 21 megawatt project in Blythe, California to our most recently completed 20 megawatt Roadrunner solar generating station in New Mexico," commented James Kelly, director of development for NRG Solar.

In related news, NextEra Energy Resources has completed its acquisition of two of First Solar’s photovoltaic projects, worth 40 MW. The projects, located in Canada’s St. Clair, were designed, developed and constructed by First Solar. They began commercial operation in February.

Subsidiaries of NextEra' Canadian subsidiary, NextEra Energy Canada, ULC, now own and operate the plants, which are said to generate enough power to serve around 6,440 homes. It is being sold to the Ontario Power Authority via long-term contracts under its Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP).

Peter Carrie, First Solar Vice President for Business Development, Canada commented, "The projects employed 800 construction workers, including local First Nations workers, and are the first large-scale solar facilities permitted under the Province's Renewable Energy Approval process."

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.