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Southern California Edison to purchase 500MW of solar power from First Solar

EBR Staff Writer Published 20 January 2016

Edison International’s Southern California Edison (SCE) utility has signed agreements with First Solar to purchase 500MW of renewable energy from four solar projects.

Under the terms of the power purchase agreements, SCE will be receive clean energy generated from the 150MW North Rosamond project in California, 100MW Sunshine Valley plant in Nevada, and 150MW Sun Streams project in Arizona.

First Solar will also sell 100MW of the power generated at the 150MW Willow Springs facility in California to SCE.

The North Rosamond and Willow Springs solar projects are expected to produce approximately 488,000 MWh/year and 330,000 MWh/year respectively.

Additionally, the Sunshine Valley and the Sun Streams projects will produce approximately 302,000 MWh/year and approximately 464,000 MWh/year respectively.

First Solar Project Development - US West vice-president Brian Kunz said: "This is an exciting milestone to reach in a valued long-term relationship.

"As an early off-taker, SCE was visionary in their inclusion of utility-scale solar in their energy mix. Their commitment to providing rate-payers with clean, affordable renewable energy continues with this set of agreements."

Financial details of the deals were undisclosed.

First Solar expects to commission all the four projects by the end of 2019.

The new agreements bring solar capacity of SCE under contract from projects developed and/or built by First Solar to 2.2GW.

SCE is currently already under contracts First Solar to purchase power generated from the 21MW Blythe solar park and the 550MW Desert Sunlight complex in California.