21 February 2018
First Solar to build largest solar facility in southeastern USA
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Cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film photovoltaic module maker First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA is set to proceed with development and construction of a 200MWac photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Twiggs County, GA. First Solar was awarded the installation as part of a 525MWac Request for Proposals for Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI).
“Georgia Power’s significant commitment to renewable energy, paired with Twiggs County’s strong leadership and supportive business environment, combine to serve as a great example of how solar can be seamlessly included in the region’s energy mix,” says Kathryn Arbeit, First Solar’s VP of project development – Americas.
The project is currently in an advanced development stage, and is being developed under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power for the electricity and renewable attributes generated by the facility. Construction is expected to begin in November. Upon completion and commissioning (in late 2019), this should be the largest stand-alone PV solar plant in the southeastern USA.
“We are committed to working with the Georgia Public Service Commission to create programs, like REDI, that help grow renewable energy in Georgia,” says Wilson Mallard, Georgia Power’s director of Renewable Development. “Recently completed large-scale solar projects across Georgia are serving customers today, and the Twiggs County project will be the latest addition.”
The project will be built on 2000 acres of land near Warner Robins, GA. Using over half a million First Solar modules, the power plant is expected to generate more than 450GWh of electricity annually. It will also be the largest infrastructure project in Twiggs County, which will see the economic benefit of 300-400 jobs during construction and ongoing tax revenues from the project.