Photovoltaic (PV) solar modules manufacturer First Solar has started construction at the 139MW Campo Verde solar project in Imperial County, California, US.
Located near the city of El Centro, the renewable energy project is expected to be complete in 2013 and provide more than $230m in new economic activity to the Imperial Valley.
The development will feature First Solar's advanced thin film PV modules that generate clean energy with no emissions, waste or water consumption during operation.
Campo Verde Solar Project is expected to generate enough electricity to power around 50,000 homes in the region, eliminating 80,000mt of annual carbon dioxide emissions.
First Solar said that necessary approvals and permits for the project have already been secured from concerned authorities, including US Bureau of Land Management and the Imperial Irrigation District.
Imperial County Board president Ray Castillo said: "First Solar's project brings much needed jobs and economic development to the valley at a time when it is sorely needed.
"The project also pays added tax revenue, funds for agricultural benefits and community benefits while helping the County diversify its economy."
First Solar project development director James F Cook added: "Campo Verde is creating badly needed jobs and will help the county and state reach their renewable energy goals."
Image: The 139MW Campo Verde solar project in California could generate enough electricity to power nearly 50,000 homes in the state. Photo: courtesy of First Solar.