Microsoft revealed as First Solar's customer for 150-MW Arizona solar park

Solar plant. Photo by: First Solar (www.firstsolar.com)

July 31 (Renewables Now) - US thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR) will supply power generated from a 150-MW under-construction solar park in Arizona to new data centres owned by Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT).

The US software giant will get the electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), First Solar announced on Tuesday. The contract is tied to the Sun Streams 2 photovoltaic (PV) park that will be built in the state’s Maricopa County.

Planned to use First Solar’s Series 6 module technology, the solar park is expected to help save 190,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year once it begins operations in 2021. Construction of the plant is slated to begin late this year. 

On the other hand, First Solar's second manufacturing site for the Series 6 modules in Ohio is seen to start production early in 2020.

Microsoft’s new data centres will be located in Goodyear and El Mirage, in Arizona’s Maricopa County.

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