First Solar: US largest thin film solar project is up-and-running

According to a press release from First Solar, Inc., the largest thin film solar photovoltaic project in the US recently began commercial operations in California.
The 21-megawatt (MW) solar power pl…

According to a press release from First Solar, Inc., the largest thin film solar photovoltaic project in the US recently began commercial operations in California. The 21-megawatt (MW) solar power plant, developed and constructed by First Solar, Inc., was acquired by NRG Energy, Inc. The plant, which, at peak capacity, will generate power for about 17,000 homes, is located about 200 miles east of Los Angeles, and uses thin film solar cells made of cadmium telluride (CdTe) on glass. The solar power plant will also generate over 45,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, to be sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) as per a 20-year power purchase agreement. Construction of the facility, which took just three months to build, employed 175 people. Arizona-based First Solar, a manufacturer of cost-effective modules for both residential and small commercial applications in select areas in the US, also announced that it is planning more solar power plants, including several in California, one in Nevada and one in China. The company has also established a prefunded module collection and recycling programme.