First Solar Signs 500 MW PPA With Southern California Edison

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Leading global solar PV provider First Solar has signed a 500 MW Power Purchase Agreement with Southern California Edison.

According to an announcement by the company on Tuesday, First Solar has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the off-take of electricity generated by four solar projects totaling 500 MW with Southern California Edison (SCE), making SCE the single largest off-taker of energy from First Solar projects in the world.

The PPAs are for four solar power projects located in California, Nevada, and Arizona, and all currently in development by First Solar, and all expected to be completed and commissioned by the end of 2019. These projects are:

  • The 150 MWAC North Rosamond Solar Project, located in Rosamond, Calif., will occupy approximately 1,175 acres of private land, and will produce approximately 488,000 MWh/year.
  • 100 MWAC from the Willow Springs Solar Project, located near the North Rosamond Solar Project in Rosamond, Calif., which will occupy approximately 1,450 acres of private land, and will produce approximately 330,000 MWh/year.
  • The 100 MWAC Sunshine Valley Solar Project will be located in Amargosa, Nev., less than four miles from the California border, on privately owned land. It will produce approximately 302,000 MWh/year.
  • The 150 MWAC Sun Streams Solar Project will be located on approximately 1,500 acres of land in Tonopah, Ariz., and will produce approximately 464,000 MWh/year.

“This is an exciting milestone to reach in a valued long-term relationship,” said Brian Kunz, First Solar’s Vice President of Project Development – US West. “As an early off-taker, SCE was visionary in their inclusion of utility-scale solar in their energy mix. Their commitment to providing rate-payers with clean, affordable renewable energy continues with this set of agreements.”

This brings SCE’s total off-take from First Solar up to 2.2 GW, dating all the way back to a PPA signed for the 21 MW Blythe Solar Project in 2009.

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