First Solar installs 10 millionth PV power plant module


The solar farm near the Desert Center in Riverside County, California, is being constructed for NextEra Energy Resources and GE Energy Financial Services. The project is one part of First Solar’s 2.7 GW utility-scale photovoltaic project pipeline in North America, which is slated to provide jobs for 7,000 people over the next few years.

"Today’s milestone underscores First Solar’s leadership in delivering integrated PV solar power plants, and it’s only just the beginning," says Jim Lamon, First Solar Senior Vice President of Engineering, Procurement and Construction and Operations and Maintenance. "It’s also fitting to install our 10 millionth EPC module at the Desert Sunlight project, which will set a solar record as well. When completed in 2015, it will be one of the two largest PV solar projects in the world, along with the 550 MW Topaz project we’re building in San Luis Obispo County."

First Solar also announced last Friday that it would restart construction on its Antelope Valley California PV project after the approval from the Los Angeles public works department was secured. The 230 MW Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One was delayed as the county was still seeking information over the module code certifications. This project is scheduled to go online in 2013.