First Solar has begun construction on phase one of the Barilla Solar Project in Pecos County, Texas. The 22 MW project is expected to begin commercial operation by the middle of the year.
First Solar will build, commission and operate the power plant, and offer the output to customers, including municipal utilities, electric cooperatives, and larger commercial and industrial users.
‘The project will contribute to Texas' immediate energy needs and demonstrate how solar power can provide a generating resource that can be effectively integrated into the [Electric Reliability Council of Texas] grid and help meet Texas' energy demand, particularly during critical peak hours,’ says Tim Rebhorn, senior vice president of business development for First Solar.
Rebhorn says First Solar would consider selling the Barilla Solar Project to a long-term owner.