July 14 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) on Thursday announced the acquisition of 179 MW of solar projects in Nevada’s Clark County from First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR) for an undisclosed amount.
The Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 plants are currently under construction on land managed by the US Bureau of Land Management. They will be equipped with First Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and horizontal single-axis tracking systems. Commercial activities for the two facilities are slated to begin at the end of July and September, respectively.
Once up and running, the solar parks will be able to generate enough power to meet the electricity consumption of about 46,000 local households and offset over 265,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. Their output and environmental attributes will be sold to US utility NV Energy under three power purchase agreements.
EDF RE, a subsidiary of the renewables arm of French power group EDF (EPA:EDF), has developed 9 GW of wind, solar, biomass and biogas projects in the US, Canada and Mexico. The acquisition of the Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar farms marks its entry into Nevada’s solar market, where it plans to expand through the construction of additional projects in the next years, executive vice president Ryan Pfaff said.