First Solar begins construction at 139MW Campo Verde project in US
Photovoltaic systems developer First Solar has commenced construction at the 139MW Campo Verde project in El Centro, Imperial County, California.
The company will install its advanced thin film PV modules at the facility and generate sufficient electricity to power 50,000 average homes in the region.
Imperial County Board president Ray Castillo remarked that the region had been looking to attract projects of this magnitude for the last five to six years.
"The County of Imperial is very pleased to see the commencement of construction of the Campo Verde Solar Project, which brings numerous benefits to the Valley and our citizens."
The Campo Verde Project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 80,000mt per annum besides creating 250 construction jobs for the region.
First Solar Project Development director James F. Cook added that the project in addition to creating employment will also enable the state of California come good on its renewable energy goals.
The company had earlier secured an approval for the project from the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) for easements required to cross IID's Westside Main Canal to facilitate the project's transmission line.