Southern California Edison to buy 500MW of renewable power from First Solar

19 January 2016 (Last Updated January 19th, 2016 18:30)

Utility Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed power purchase agreements to obtain 500MW of renewable energy from four solar projects being developed by First Solar.

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Utility Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) to obtain 500MW of renewable energy from four solar projects being developed by First Solar.

SCE will procure power from the 150MW North Rosamond project in California, 100MW Sunshine Valley plant in Nevada, and 150MW Sun Streams project in Arizona.

The firm will also be entitled to 100MW of the power generated at the 150MW Willow Springs facility in California.

First Solar expects to turn all the four projects operational by the end of 2019.

These new agreements bring SCE’s solar capacity under contract from projects developed and / or built by First Solar to 2.2GW.

"As an early off-taker, SCE was visionary in their inclusion of utility-scale solar in their energy mix."

SCE and First Solar have previously signed PPAs for other projects currently in construction, including the Desert Stateline project in California and the Silver State South project in Nevada.

First Solar Project Development US West vice-president Brian Kunz said: "This is an exciting milestone to reach in a valued long-term relationship.

"As an early off-taker, SCE was visionary in their inclusion of utility-scale solar in their energy mix. Their commitment to providing rate-payers with clean, affordable renewable energy continues with this set of agreements."

In October, First Solar signed a PPA with Austin Energy for the latter to obtain solar power from the 119MW East Pecos Solar Project in Texas.


Image: The four solar projects are expected to be commissioned by 20 Photo: courtesy of graur codrin /FreeDigitalPhotos.net.