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NRG Energy contracts First Solar for 66MW California PV project

4 Nov 2011

US photovoltaic (PV) developer First Solar has been contracted by NRG Energy to provide engineering, procurement and construction services on the 66MW Alpine project in Lancaster, California.

Construction on the site is expected to begin before the end of this year and is scheduled to be complete in the third quarter of 2012. It will utilise First Solar’s thin film modules and the company will also provide operation and maintenance services after the build is complete.

The project is supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement with utility the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Tom Doyle, president of NRG’s Solar and West Region, said, ‘Less than two years ago, NRG and First Solar began our productive collaboration for our first solar plant at Blythe, which at 21MW was the largest solar plant in California at the time. Alpine is three times that size, so we’ve really come a long way together in a short amount of time. Working with world-class companies like First Solar, NRG’s solar projects promote cleaner air, create hundreds of local jobs and advance our country’s position in the global clean energy economy.’

Jim Lamon, First Solar Senior Vice President for EPC and O&M, added, ‘First Solar is excited to be working again with NRG. Our experience developing and building out our 2.7GW North American pipeline of utility-scale PV projects enables us to get our customers’ projects rapidly completed and connected to the grid.’

At the end of last month, First Solar completed installation on a 17MW facility in Arizona, it also cut revenue predictions for the year despite an increase in sales.

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