Written by R.E. Lord


First Solar, Inc., a Tempe, AZ manufacturer of solar modules, has recently announced a huge 500 MW contract with Southern California Edison (SCE).  The plan is for First Solar to engineer, procure and construct two solar facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in southern California.  The company will use its thin-film photovoltaic solar modules for the project and it is expected to provide energy for about 170,000 homes in the area.

This latest solar project is expected to help meet California's ambitious goal of delivering 20 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2010.

Construction is expected to begin in 2012 for the Desert Sunlight 250MW project near Desert Center and in 2013 for the 300 MW Stateline project in northeastern San Bernardino County.

More details from the First Solar Press Release.

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