First Solar Completes 10 MW Facility In Nevada


First Solar Inc. has completed its first 10 MW ground-mounted photovoltaic power plant for Sempra Generation near Boulder City, Nev. According to First Solar, this project is the largest thin-film solar power plant in North America.

First Solar served as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project and will provide monitoring and maintenance services for the plant over its lifetime. The project was developed by Sempra Generation, which will own and operate the plant.

The plant is located adjacent to Sempra's existing 480 MW El Dorado Energy power plant, about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has entered into a long-term agreement with El Dorado Energy LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sempra Generation, to purchase 10 MW of solar energy from the facility. The project will generate up to 23.2 GWh of renewable energy annually, PG&E says.

SOURCES: First Solar, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

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