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First Solar Breaks Ground On 150 MW California Solar Farm

First Solar has now officially begun work on the 150 megawatt (MW) AC Solar Gen 2 project in Imperial Valley, California.

At the height of construction, First Solar notes that 800 people will be employed by the company. Additionally, the large solar farm will “generate about $150,000 in property taxes annually and $4.6 million under the Public Benefits Agreement.” Clearly, that’s all a good boost for local economies.

Furthermore, this clean energy project will cut local and global pollution. “Under a 25-year power purchase agreement between SDG&E and First Solar, the 150 MW project will generate enough clean energy to power more than 60,000 average California homes, displacing more than 115,000 metric tons of CO2 per year (the equivalent of taking 22,000 cars off the road) and saving 93,000 metric tons of water per year.”

First Solar just purchased the project in April of this year. The project will use a tracking system and is expected to be completed in July 2014.


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