Longroad Energy has announced the acquisition of four California-based solar projects from American manufacturer of solar panels- First Solar Inc. Sources reveal the project will deliver a combined capacity of 160 MW AC.
First Solar is regarded as America’s and Western Hemisphere’s largest solar manufacturer. Since its inception in 1999, First Solar has shipped 25 GW DC of PV modules. This has made the company the first solar module manufacturer to achieve this ambition.
Sources suggest the latest development is backed by a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Community Choice Aggregator (CCA), Marin Clean Energy (MCE). The Little Bear Solar portfolio of projects is located in Fresno County, California.
According to reports, the projects will range from 20 MW AC to 50 MW AC and are anticipated to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.
Experts reveal that the projects are designed to have a low impact on local water resources, land and overall on the environment. The Little Bear Solar is expected to create approximately 500 jobs, during the period of its construction. Furthermore, local businesses are expected to profit greatly from the Little Bear Solar project.
The latest project will reportedly be powered by First Solar’s Series 6 module technology. Sources allege the large-format Series 6 module is designed and created in just 3.5 hours with the help of advanced and fully integrated manufacturing processes. It further also leverages First Solar’s proprietary thin-film technology.
In addition, the carbon footprint is up to six times less than crystalline silicon PV panels. These are manufactured by using conventional and energy intensive production methods. Sources reveal Series 6 presents a superior environmental profile and cleaner solar electricity.
“We are pleased to be working with First Solar to deliver reliable, cleaner solar electricity to communities across the Bay area. MCE’s customers have made the important choice to consume carbon-free electricity, and it is only fitting that these projects will be powered by the lowest carbon solar modules available today,” commented Michael Alvarez, COO of Longroad Energy on the latest development.
“Responsibly developed, backed by long-term PPAs and powered by innovative solar technology designed in America, these projects are welcome additions to our growing portfolio in the U.S.,” he adds.