First Solar has been selected by Tenaska Solar Ventures to be the technology provider and engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Imperial Solar Energy Center South Project in Imperial County, California.
The 950 acre plan will have a capacity of 130 megawatts of electricity. The company said it will have enough electricity to meet the power needs of at least 44,000 Californian homes, and it will produce energy to be sold under a 250-year power-purchase agreement to San Diego Gas and Electric.
“The selection of First Solar to design and build Imperial Solar Energy Center South is a significant milestone in the development of new renewable sources of energy for Southern California,” said Bart Ford, Tenaska vice president of development. “First Solar is among the most respected and experienced manufacturers of solar energy systems in the United States, and we are pleased to obtain the company’s services for our Imperial Solar facility.”
First Solar, based out of Tempe, Arizona, is a leader in thin film photovoltaic solar power modules. The company said it has over 4 gagawatts of working installations worldwide and its factory produces 2 gigawatts of modules per year. The project is expected to create 250 jobs at peak construction and five direct, long-term jobs to support operations. Construction will begin at the end of 2011 and will look to finish by 2014.