Arizona, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Coming on the heals of a major contract to build 550-megawatts of solar power plants for SCE, First Solar Inc. announced another contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. This latest project will be a 55-MW solar-PV plant in Imperial County, California.
As the thin film market grows, manufacturers like First Solar are gaining more traction in the U.S. and around the world. First Solar and Uni-Solar account for nearly all the thin film manufacturing in the U.S.
First Solar will design, engineer and construct the 55-MW Niland project using its cadmium telluride thin film solar modules. Construction is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2011. The contract is conditioned on approval by the Los Angeles City Council and the mayor of Los Angeles. The solar arrays will require building permits from Imperial County.