First Solar signs power deals for 40-MW California solar project

First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) said Nov. 12 that it has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with member cities of the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for electricity to be generated at the 40-MW (AC) Kingbird photovoltaic solar plant in Kern County, Calif.

First Solar is developing and will construct the project. The cities of Pasadena, Riverside, Colton and Azusa signed 20-year PPAs that will supply power from the plant to the cities’ municipal power utilities. With its 20-MW (AC) PPA, the City of Pasadena reaches its goal of obtaining 40% of its power from Category 1 renewable energy. A separate 20-MW (AC) PPA was jointly signed by Riverside, Colton and Azusa.

“We are pleased to work with these municipal utilities to meet their renewable energy goals,” said Brian Kunz, First Solar Vice President of Project Development. “And we’re proud to know that the communities of Pasadena, Riverside, Colton and Azusa will benefit from Kingbird’s clean electricity.”

Depending on final permitting, construction on the 320-acre Kingbird project, located near Rosamond in the Antelope Valley, could start in mid-2014, and is expected to create up to 200 jobs at its peak. The plant is expected to be commissioned in late 2015.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology.

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