Enbridge Inc. and First Solar Inc. have entered into an agreement for Enbridge to acquire a 100% interest in the 50 MW Silver State North photovoltaic project that First Solar has developed and constructed in Clark County, Nev., near the community of Primm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The transaction marks Enbridge's entry into the U.S. solar energy market, notes Don Thompson, vice president of green energy at Enbridge.
Located 40 miles south of Las Vegas, Silver State North was constructed under a fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction agreement with First Solar and is expected to begin commercial operation by May. First Solar will provide operations and maintenance services to Enbridge under a long-term contract.
NV Energy will purchase the energy output under a 25-year power purchase agreement approved in 2010 by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.