East Pecos Solar registers 119-MW project in Texas

East Pecos Solar LLC, which is developing a 118.5-MW project, on Nov. 18 filed a registration with the Public Utility Commission of Texas as a power generation company.

The project company is a subsidiary of First Solar Electric LLC. Its East Pecos Solar project is located at McCamey in Pecos County and would interconnect to the Electric Transmission Texas LLC system.

Project contact information is: Robert Pence, Manager, Compliance-US, 350 W Washington Street, Tempe, AZ 85281, Robert.Pence@firstsolar.com, Phone: 602-480-1261.

First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) on Oct. 29 announced that it and Austin Energy have signed a power purchase agreement allowing the municipally-owned electricity provider to obtain low-cost solar power generated by First Solar’s 119-MW (ac) East Pecos Solar Project. Austin Energy General Manager Larry Weis said the partnership will directly benefit the citizens of Austin – as well as the entire state of Texas – as the utility takes a significant step towards meeting its solar development goals.

“There is an irrefutable trend of solar becoming competitive in more geographies. Texas, in particular, shows great promise as an attractive market for solar-generated electricity, and Austin Energy is riding that trend,” said Georges Antoun, First Solar’s President U.S. “The East Pecos Solar Project is proof of solar’s real-world cost competitiveness.”

East Pecos, which First Solar owns and is developing in Pecos County, is expected to commence construction in early 2016, with commercial operations due in late 2016. The project will create approximately 500 construction jobs. East Pecos will generate approximately 300,000,000 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy annually.

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