U.S.-headquartered First Solar announced that Longroad Energy is the acquirer of four solar projects with a combined capacity of 160-MWAC. First Solar had previously disclosed the transaction without identifying the acquirer.
Backed by a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA), Marin Clean Energy (MCE), the Little Bear Solar portfolio of projects is located in Fresno County, California. The projects, which range from 20 MWAC to 50 MWAC and are expected to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, are designed to have a low impact on local land and water resources, and the environment. In addition to creating approximately 500 jobs during the construction of the facility, Little Bear Solar is also expected to benefit local businesses.
“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 lowest carbon solar modules available today,” said Michael Alvarez, COO of Longroad Energy. “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 United States.”
The projects will be powered by First Solar’s Series 6 module technology. Designed and developed at the company’s research and development centers in California and Ohio, and produced in just 3.5 hours using sophisticated, fully integrated manufacturing processes, each large-format Series 6 module leverages First Solar’s proprietary thin film technology. With a carbon footprint that is up to six times lower than crystalline silicon PV panels that are manufactured using conventional, energy-intensive production methods, Series 6 delivers a superior environmental profile and cleaner solar electricity.
“CCAs are playing a growing role in the democratization and decarbonization of California’s electricity, and we could not have asked for a better partner than Longroad Energy to deliver on our first deal in this important segment,” said Georges Antoun, CCO of First Solar. “With demand being driven primarily by environmentally-conscious consumers, we see a tremendous opportunity to support the growth of this segment with our portfolio of responsibly developed projects, powered by the world’s lowest carbon solar module technology.”
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