Two solar projects currently being constructed by U.S. solar developer First Solar have been sold to EDF Renewable Energy for an undisclosed amount.
The Switch Station 1 and 2 solar projects have a combined capacity of 179 MWac, and already have agreed three power purchase agreements (PPAs) with subsidiaries of NV Energy.
The projects are located in Nevada’s Clark County in the U.S., in an area called the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ), which is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Once construction is completed, the solar plants – built using First Solar modules and horizontal single-axis trackers – will generate enough PV electricity to meet the needs of 46,000 local households.
In snapping up these projects, EDF RE has now made its first tangible foray into the energy market of Nevada, and will – according to EDF RE executive vice president Ryan Pfaff – use this as a launchpad for further growth and investment in the state.
Already the French clean energy arm has more than 4 GW of clean power capacity in North America.