Southern Power has acquired a controlling interest in the 300 MW Desert Stateline solar power facility in California from First Solar Inc., which will retain the remaining interest in the project.
The Desert Stateline project will be located on 1,685 acres of federally managed public land in San Bernardino County and is expected to consist of approximately 3.2 million of First Solar's thin-film photovoltaic modules mounted on fixed-tilt tables. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison Co.
First Solar is building and will operate and maintain the Desert Stateline project. Construction of the plant began in October 2014 and is expected to be completed in phases. The plant is scheduled to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2016.