Many are anticipating that First Solar will have a strong year in 2016 and with the contract announced this morning with Southern California Edison (SCE) it looks like that will be the case. The utility will purchase the power from four First Solar installations totaling 500 megawatts of electricity.
With the new deals, SCE will receive fully 2.2 gigawatts (GWs) of solar electric generation capacity from projects developed or built by First Solar—that’s more solar power than most states have installed! They also make SCE First Solar’s largest single customer.
Some of the projects are already producing energy. The new contracts, according to First Solar, are expected to be commissioned by the end of 2019. They will be the 150 MW North Rosamond Solar Project and the 100 MWWillow Springs Solar Project, Rosamond, Calif., both of which are in Rosamund, CA. The other two projects will be out of California. The 100 MW Sunshine Valley Solar Project will be in Amargosa, NV, and the 150 MW Sun Streams Solar Project will in Tonopah, AZ.
"This is an exciting milestone to reach in a valued long-term relationship," said Brian Kunz, First Solar's Vice President of Project Development in the US West. The utility signed its first contract with First Solar in 2009. That was for the then giant 21 MW Blythe Solar Project.
”As an early off-taker, SCE was visionary in their inclusion of utility-scale solar in their energy mix,” Kunz said. “Their commitment to providing rate-payers with clean, affordable renewable energy continues with this set of agreements."
First Solar and SCE also has long-term agreement in place for 250 MWs of the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Project in Desert Center, CA. It’s also contracted to purchase power from First Solar’s Desert Stateline project in California and the Silver State South project in Nevada.Tweet