The Agua Caliente Solar Project, located 65 miles east of the city of Yuma, Arizona, is the world’s largest operational PV power plant with 250MW (AC) connected to the electricity grid. First Solar designed and is constructing the plant and will operate and maintain the facility for owners NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar. During the construction period, the site will employ a daily average of 400 to 450 workers. Upon completion, Agua Caliente will have a generating capacity of 290MW (AC).
- Power for 100,000 average homes
- Displaces 220,000 tons of CO2 annually - equivalent to taking 40,000 cars off the road
- Lowest environmental impact of any PV technology
- No water required for electricity generation
- Wages and benefits from up to 400 construction jobs over four-year period
- Increased state and local tax revenues
- Local benefits to businesses in the area, from engineering and design firms to construction subcontractors, supplier, and service providers
First Solar is committed to being a good neighbor. First Solar will continue to engage the community, educational institutions, environmental groups, and business organizations to ensure that the Agua Caliente Solar Project is a valued and respected business in Yuma County. The project will provide employment opportunities for local residents both during construction and after the commencement of full-time operations. First Solar expects to build partnerships with local community organizations and educational institutions with an emphasis on green technology and environmental sustainability.