First Solar (FSLR) Announces 2 Edison Solar Projects

Southern California Edison selected First Solar (FSLR) to engineer and supply the PV power plant system for a 2 MW project to be installed atop a commercial building.  SCE plans to do 250 installations atop commercial buildings over the next 5 years which is the largest rooftop solar program ever proposed by a US utility.

In addition, the California Public Utilities Commission approved the project terms of a 20 year power purchase agreement between FSLR and SCE for the sale electricity generated by a PV power plant which is expected to be built in Blythe, CA and will be a minimum of 7.5MW with an option to increase to 21MW.  It would be the largest ground based PV power plant in California when completed.  Construction set to begin in 2009

“By harnessing the clean, renewable energy of the sun that is abundant in California, these innovative solar projects are helping to meet our long-term energy and climate change goals,” Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said. “These projects are evidence that California’s ingenuity is spurring a clean tech boom that will bring companies and investment dollars to California while reducing the state’s carbon footprint.”

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