Arlington, Ariz., October 25, 2011 — Solar developer Sempra Generation, EPC firm Zachry Holdings and panel producer Suntech Power Holdings are teaming up to build the Mesquite Solar 1 power plant.
Suntech recently put out the first shipment of solar panels from Suntech's 117,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Goodyear, Ariz. to the construction site. Upon completion in 2013, the 150-MW Mesquite Solar 1 plant will feature more than 800,000 Suntech solar panels, with a portion of them manufactured in Arizona.
Developed by Sempra Generation, Mesquite Solar 1 will generate enough renewable electricity for about 56,000 homes. As announced earlier this year, the power from the project has been sold under a 20-year agreement to California's Pacific Gas & Electric. At full build-out, the Mesquite Solar complex could grow to about 700 MW.
Zachry is responsible for the engineering and construction of Mesquite Solar 1.
Since opening in October 2010, Suntech's Goodyear manufacturing facility has grown steadily, and now employs more than 100 professionals producing about 50 MW (DC) of solar panels each year. Over the next year, about one out of every three panels produced at Suntech's Goodyear facility will be sent to the nearby Mesquite Solar 1 plant.