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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).
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.
Agua Caliente is one of the first PV plants of its size to be connected to a 500kV transmission line and employs First Solar’s industry-leading grid integration and plant control system, which is critical for managing grid reliability and stability. The plant can also be controlled remotely from First Solar’s world-class Operations Center. Advanced plant features include the ability to:
Project proposed by NextLight
Power Purchase Agreement with PG&E
Interconnection Agreement approved by FERC
Approved by AZ Corporation Commission
Special Use Permit approved by County
PPA approved by California PUC
Estimated project operation
Construction contract for early site work completed and early site work in progress; switchyard rough-grading and off-site road improvements to be completed by September 2010.
On April 28, 2010, NextLight and First Solar announced a definitive agreement for First Solar to acquire NextLight. First Solar is a leading manufacturer of PV solar panels and provider of solar solutions. The acquisition brings a number of benefits to the project, including First Solar’s advanced thin film technology and its engineering, procurement, and construction expertise.
Interconnection Agreement executed and filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The California Public Utilities Commission approved Power Purchase Agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Company on June 3, 2010
Order accepting the Interconnection Agreement and established an effective date of 07.28.10
NRG Energy Acquires 290-Megawatt Agua Caliente Solar Project from First Solar.