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First Solar to build another utility-scale PV plant in California

Oct. 17, 2013
Construction to begin 2014 Will provide 250MW Located on 2,300 acres in Riverside County, Calif.    

First Solar Inc., Tempe, Ariz., will build  a 250MW solar power plant in Riverside County, Calif., for a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.  The McCoy Solar Energy Project will be located on approximately 2,300 acres of mostly public land provided by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approximately 13 miles northwest of Blythe, Calif. Construction is expected to begin in late 2014, with completion in late 2016. The project will provide up to 400 construction jobs at peak operation.

The project is located near the 550MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, jointly owned by a subsidiary of NextEra, GE Energy Financial Services, and Sumitomo Corporation of America, currently under construction by First Solar. An affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources also previously purchased two projects built by First Solar in Canada. Details