EDF acquires 179 MW-AC of Nevada solar from First Solar

Two solar projects currently being constructed by First Solar have been sold to EDF Renewable Energy for an undisclosed amount. The Switch Station 1 and 2 solar projects have a combined capacity of 179 MW-AC, and already have three signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with subsidiaries of NV Energy.

The projects are located in Nevada’s Clark County, in one of the Solar Energy Zones which were created under the Obama Administration to balance the pressures of renewable energy development and conservation on public lands. Once construction is completed, the solar plants – built using First Solar modules and single-axis trackers – will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 46,000 local households.

In snapping up these projects, EDF RE has now made its first tangible foray into the energy market of Nevada, and will – according to EDF RE executive vice president Ryan Pfaff – use this as a launchpad for further growth and investment in the state.

Already the French clean energy arm hasmore than 4 GW of clean power capacity in North America.