First Solar completes 50MW solar project in US

7 May 2012 (Last Updated May 7th, 2012 18:30)

First Solar has completed work on a 50MW Silver State North solar power system located in the US state of Nevada.

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First Solar has completed work on a 50MW Silver State North solar power system located in the US state of Nevada.

The project has been delivered for Enbridge, which acquired Silver State North in March 2012.

Silver State North will use First Solar's thin film PV modules to deliver power to 9,000 households and is estimated to displace 42,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said, "As the first solar project on US public lands completed and ready to deliver energy to thousands of homes across Nevada, the Silver State North Solar Project is really at the forefront of our nation's clean energy economy."

The Silver State North project will supply power to NV Energy, under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Enbridge president Al Monaco said, "While traditional energy sources will be with us for a long time, it's clear that, over time, we are transitioning to a lower carbon-intensive economy."

"To that end, Enbridge has invested almost $3bn in wind, solar, geothermal, waste heat recovery, fuel cell and a host of other alternative energy technology projects that, together, have the capacity to generate almost 1,000MW of emissions-free energy," added Monaco.

"Along with our investment, Silver State North was made possible through the Nevada Government's Renewable Portfolio Standards Program, the Federal Government's incentive program under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the long-term contract that Enbridge has with NV Energy."

First Solar expects to receive revenues from Silver State North from the second quarter of this year.


Image: The Silver State North project will supply power to NV Energy. Photo: First Solar.