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10/18/2013 6:39:00 AM
First Solar to build 250MW power plant near Blythe
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TEMPE, Ariz. - First Solar, Inc. announced today it has entered into an agreement to construct a 250 megawatt (MW) AC solar power plant in Riverside County, Calif., for a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.

The McCoy Solar Energy Project will be located on approximately 2,300 acres of mostly public land provided by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approximately 13 miles northwest of Blythe, California. Under the agreement, First Solar will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction services, using First Solar's cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic thin-film modules.

The project is located near the 550MWAC Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, jointly owned by a subsidiary of NextEra, GE Energy Financial Services, and Sumitomo Corporation of America, currently under construction by First Solar. An affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources also previously purchased two projects built by First Solar in Canada.

"First Solar is pleased to have this opportunity to work again with NextEra," said Roger Bredder, First Solar's Director of Business Development for the U.S. "And we are proud to continue providing jobs in Riverside County."

Construction is expected to begin in late 2014, with completion in late 2016. The project will provide up to 400 construction jobs at peak operation.

The McCoy Solar Energy Project construction award reaffirms First Solar's position as one of the world's leading developers and builders of PV solar power systems. The company was recently ranked as the second largest contractor in the global power sector by Engineering News-Review.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Article comment by: Headless Horseman

Solar Farms should be in orbit but those pesky meteors mess that up. Still, seems like by now there should be a TV type satellite you put on the roof and scoop up rays. I'll never believe the "flying car" prophets again! Lol. We went to the moon in just 10 years, but it takes 50 years to come up with the Dick Tracy Watch?

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Article comment by: We need to see for ourselves

@underpaid.
Go work there too.


Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Article comment by: Under paid

Great, more spoiled rotten kids getting paid way more than what is fair, driving expensive trucks and beautiful homes, while I scrape everything to make ends meet. Thanks!

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: desert at no play oh/no

GREAT MORE DESERT WILL BE SHUT DOWN GREATTT...... BUT THAT'S ABOUT RIGHT THE TOWN CAN'T GET ANY NEW STORES OR WELL!!!! NOTHING BUT KEEP ADDING SOLOR PLANTS THAT'S BLYTHE FOR YOU ..THINGS NEVER CHANGE

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

I hope it works. But with everything here in the valley, it will not. Did the Forefathers of this valley do something bad, that a curse was put upon the valley?

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

This not like the CSP plant just put online outside of Phoenix, the Solana power station. It has salt heat storage that allows about 6 hours of non sun power generation. Projects like this can be used as spinning and baseload power generation. The First Solar site will power perhaps 50,000 homes for about 8 hours a day. You could put a 6KW peak solar PV array on 50,000 roofs and do a better job. When SCE applies for its abandoned costs for San Onofre, the electric rates will soar. Do YOU really want to be on this merry-go-round? A Government site you might want to check out: www.dsireusa.org

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: bob shupe

THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR ALL THOSE BLYTHE PEOPLE THAT NEED A GOOD JOB. GOOD LUCK TO ALL



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