Silicon Ranch to use First Solar-supplied equipment at Arkansas project

Renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch Corp. and First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) announced May 5 the selection of First Solar technology and products for the 12-MW (ac) solar project that will provide power to Aerojet Rocketdyne and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. in East Camden, Arkansas.

Silicon Ranch has selected First Solar’s advanced thin film modules and solar tracker racking solution for installation at Silicon Ranch’s Highland Industrial Park solar field, located adjacent to Aerojet Rocketdyne’s 1,200-acre manufacturing and test facility. Electricity from the solar facility will directly supplement Aerojet Rocketdyne’s daytime operations. Under a unique set of power purchase agreements, excess electricity generated by the installation will be released to Arkansas Electric Cooperative and integrated into the cooperative’s diverse generation portfolio.

“With its manufacturing facility in Perrysburg, Ohio, First Solar meets Aerojet Rocketdyne’s commitment to work with U.S. companies and support domestic development and manufacturing of technology that advances our nation’s strategic objectives,” said Erik Didriksen, Aerojet Rocketdyne EH&S strategist.

“This project is on the leading edge of a trend by U.S. industrial companies to commit to clean, renewable energy,” said Matthew Kisber, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Ranch Corporation. “Aerojet Rocketdyne understands that solar is a responsible choice from both environmental and economic considerations. It is a smart, enlightened strategic procurement decision. Silicon Ranch is proud to help them achieve that objective.”

Kisber said Silicon Ranch’s selection of First Solar was based on the company’s streamlined Module Plus solution, which is essentially a bundling of First Solar PV modules, wiring and mounting system, pre-engineered to optimize First Solar’s proven module technology. The Aerojet Rocketdyne project includes a single-axis tracking table mounting system, which allows the modules to follow the sun across its daily arc. This tracker technology produces up to 25% more energy than fixed mounting systems.

“Silicon Ranch’s choice to partner with First Solar shows how this technology contributes to a competitively designed commercial and industrial solar power project,” said Dana Diller, First Solar’s Vice President of Business Development–U.S. “This market segment includes large-scale business operations seeking ways to save on energy costs while adopting sustainable, environmentally sound purchasing practices. First Solar enables power plant operators and owners to mitigate their risk and maximize their energy return.”

Silicon Ranch, one of the top 15 solar operators in the U.S., is a turnkey, renewable energy provider that customizes solar solutions based upon the individual needs of its customers.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.