First Solar To Build 10 MW of Solar PV for Sempra Generation

First Solar Inc. announced that it will build a 10-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant for Sempra Generation near Boulder City, Nevada. First Solar will design, engineer and construct the turnkey PV power plant and will provide monitoring and maintenance services for the plant over its lifetime. Sempra Generation will be the developer for the project and will own and operate the PV power plant once completed.

Construction began in July, and the 10-MW system is expected to be completed by the end of 2008. The solar modules to be deployed for the ground-mount project will be produced at First Solar’s manufacturing facility in Perrysburg, Ohio. The plant will serve customers in California and the Western United States.

“Sempra Generation has a proven track record for successful energy resource development and we are pleased to work with them to bring additional renewable electric generation to the region,” said Mike Ahearn, CEO of First Solar.

The 10 MW PV power plant will be adjacent to Sempra Generation’s existing El Dorado combined cycle natural gas plant. By co-locating this new PV power plant with existing infrastructure and the associated interconnection and transmission facilities, Sempra Generation will maximize their land and transmission, the company said. At the end of 2007, more than 300 MW of First Solar PV modules had been installed worldwide and First Solar expects to ship 420 to 460 MW of PV modules in 2008.

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