NextEra, First Solar lighting up 250-MW Silver State South project in Nevada

Local, state and federal leaders on Dec. 8 joined executives from NextEra Energy Resources LLC and First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) to celebrate the commissioning of Silver State South, a 250-MW (ac) solar center in Nevada.

“Nevada has plentiful sunshine, and with the Silver State South Solar Energy Center we are harvesting that valuable resource for the benefit of everyone in this region,” said Armando Pimentel, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources, which will own and operate the center. The solar energy center stretches across 2,000 acres of federal lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The Silver State South Solar Energy Center, constructed by First Solar, features more than 3.4 million First Solar thin-film photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted on single-axis trackers that will follow the sun from east to west each day to maximize energy production. The energy will serve Southern California Edison consumers under a 20-year power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources.

“First Solar’s PV technology is setting the standard for generating affordable, clean energy,” said First Solar Chief Operating Officer Tymen deJong. “By continuously driving down the cost of solar electricity and providing a solution that addresses energy security and water scarcity, we are delivering on our commitment to build a more sustainable energy future.”

“America has made great strides in developing clean energy sources over the past eight years,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, the BLM has approved 60 large-scale wind, solar and geothermal projects that will produce enough energy to power 5 million homes.”

The project has created a significant economic boost for Clark County, creating more than 2,100 jobs during the construction phase, with most of the workers coming from the local area.  Over its operational life, the Silver State South center is expected to generate more than $78 million in property taxes to benefit local schools, first responders and other essential services in Clark County.

NextEra Energy Resources is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 18,260 MW of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with non-controlling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP), primarily in 25 states and Canada as of April 2016. NextEra Energy Resources, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. NextEra Energy Resources is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

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 today.

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