Tempe, Ariz., August 1, 2012 — First Solar, Inc. is developing the 139 MW Campo Verde Solar Project, located near El Centro in Imperial County, Calif.
Campo Verde is expected to start construction in the third quarter of 2012 and be completed in 2013, creating about 250 construction jobs. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) will purchase the project’s output under a 20-year power purchase agreement, which was approved on May 24, 2012 by the California Public Utilities Commission.
First Solar will construct the project using its advanced thin film PV modules that generate clean, renewable energy with no emissions, waste or water consumption during operation. The project will generate enough electricity to power about 50,000 average California homes, displacing 80,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of taking 15,000 cars off the road.
The Campo Verde project is jointly owned by First Solar and US Solar Holdings LLC, but First Solar has contractual rights to acquire 100 percent ownership interest and is in the process of completing its acquisition.