IXL to deliver frames for 155 MW of First Solar projects in Australia
Nov 21, 2013 - Australian IXL Group has won a deal to produce and deliver the framing system for 155 MW of solar parks in New South Wales, Australia from US-based First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR), the latter said Wednesday.
The US solar company is building a 102-MW photovoltaic (PV) park at Nyngan and a 53-MW plant at Broken Hill as part of a contract it won from Australian utility AGL Energy Ltd (ASX:AGK) at end-July. IXL will assemble the framing equipment in Adelaide and ship the ready solutions by road trains. Backwell IXL, a unit of the IXL Group, will make some of the components that will be used in the framing system and will also construct most of the manufacturing infrastructure.
First Solar had said previously it expected to start building the larger facility in January, aiming to switch it on by the middle of 2015. Construction of the 53-MW plant is scheduled to commence in July 2014, with the facility to be put on stream by end-2015. When up and running, the two systems are estimated to generate about 360,000 MWh of power a year, enough to supply more than 50,000 average local households.
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