First Solar picked by Tenaska to build 150-MW project

First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) has been selected by Tenaska Solar Ventures to design and build the 150-MW (ac) Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West project near El Centro, California.

First Solar said June 13 that it will provide full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services on the project, employing its advanced thin film photovoltaic modules and single-axis tilt technology. The project sits on approximately 1,100 acres of previously disturbed land in Imperial County.

Tenaska Imperial West is the second solar project in the Imperial Valley developed, owned and managed by Tenaska. In November 2013, First Solar completed construction on the 130-MW (ac) Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South power plant for Tenaska.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Tenaska,” said Roger Bredder, First Solar’s Managing Director for U.S. Business Development. “This project will provide up to 800 jobs in the Imperial Valley at construction peak, and make a significant economic contribution to the local community.”

Bredder said that the highly qualified local workforce that built Tenaska Imperial South over the past two years will provide a strong pool of experienced workers familiar with First Solar’s technology and construction methods.

First Solar has already started engineering and expects to begin construction later in 2014, with full commercial operation anticipated in 2016. San Diego Gas & Electric holds a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for all electricity generated by Tenaska Imperial West.

Tenaska is an energy company based in Omaha, Neb. It separately announced on June 13 that it had closed on $450m in commercial financing for Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West.

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

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