Thin-film PV manufacturer and project developer First Solar is to construct a 250MW solar power plant in Riverside County, California, for a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.
The McCoy Solar Energy Project will be located on approximately 930 hectares of mostly public land provided by the US Bureau of Land Management.
Under the agreement, First Solar will provide engineering, procurement and construction services, using its CdTe thin-film PV modules throughout the project.
The project is located near the 550MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, jointly owned by GE Energy Financial Services, a subsidiary of NextEra, and Sumitomo Corporation of America, which First Solar is also constructing.
“First Solar is pleased to have this opportunity to work again with NextEra,” said Roger Bredder, First Solar's director of business development for the US. “And we are proud to continue providing jobs in Riverside County.”
Construction is expected to begin in late 2014, with completion in late 2016. The project will provide up to 400 construction jobs at peak operation.
Earlier this year two First Solar engineers working on the Desert Sunlight project were killed when their plane crashed near the construction site.