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Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed a power purchase agreement with First Solar for its 250MW (AC) Silver State South plant. First Solar’s ground-mounted system, which will be located on 2,500 acres of public land near Primm, Nevada, will start generating electricity in 2014 and be fully operational in May 2017.
Development of Silver State South will create around 300 construction jobs and, when completed, is to be connected to SCE's proposed Eldorado-Ivanpah 220-kilovolt transmission line.
"First Solar's industry-leading technology makes solar PV an excellent option for clean, emission-free power we can deliver to our customers," said Marc Ulrich, SCE’s vice president of renewable and alternative power. "When we get projects of this magnitude, we make great progress toward our renewable energy goals."
"This agreement represents another important milestone toward our goal of grid parity," said Frank De Rosa, First Solar’s senior vice president of North American project development. "First Solar applauds SCE's commitment to renewable energy and looks forward to bringing this project to completion."