First Solar Inc. has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) with member cities of the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for electricity to be generated at the 40 MW Kingbird photovoltaic solar power plant in Kern County, Calif. First Solar is developing the project and will also provide construction services.
The cities of Pasadena, Riverside, Colton and Azusa signed 20-year PPAs that will supply 20 MW of power from the solar plant to the cities' municipal power utilities. A separate PPA for another 20 MW was jointly signed by Riverside, Colton and Azusa.
First Solar says that depending on final permitting, construction on the 320-acre Kingbird project could start in mid-2014. The power plant is expected to be commissioned in late 2015.
‘We are pleased to work with these municipal utilities to meet their renewable energy goals,’ says Brian Kunz, First Solar's vice president of project development.