First Solar Wins Approval for Desert Sunlight project

11 August 2011 (Last Updated August 11th, 2011 18:30)

First Solar has received approval from the Federal Department of Interior to build its 550MW Desert Sunlight project in California, US. First Solar will employ thin-film photovoltaic solar panels for the project, being built on 4,100 acres of federal land. First Solar is se

First Solar has received approval from the Federal Department of Interior to build its 550MW Desert Sunlight project in California, US.

First Solar will employ thin-film photovoltaic solar panels for the project, being built on 4,100 acres of federal land.

First Solar is seeking a buyer to purchase the project for which a $1.88bn federal loan guarantee is still pending.

Construction will begin this month at the project, which is set to generate enough energy to power 165,000 homes through Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International, reports the Wall Street Journal.