First Solar said it had started construction of a 22MW PV power plant in Pecos County, Texas.
The Barilla Solar Project is expected to begin commercial operation in mid-2014 and is designed to meet Texas' peak energy demand requirements, according to the company.
“The Barilla Solar Project demonstrates First Solar's capability to rapidly develop, construct and commission a solar project offering clean, reliable energy at competitive rates to the market when and where it is required,” said Tim Rebhorn, Senior Vice President of Business Development for First Solar. “The project will contribute to Texas' immediate energy needs and demonstrate how solar power can provide a generating resource that can be effectively integrated into the ERCOT grid and help meet Texas' energy demand, particularly during critical peak hours.”
Unlike a majority of First Solar’s PV projects, the Barilla project does not have a designated PPA or long-term owner, though the company noted such consideration could develop later.