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US and French firms sign 61 MW thin film deal for California PV project

EDF’s enXco announces solar module agreement with First Solar to develop Catalina Solar Project

The Catalina Solar Project will add to solar PV plants in California

A US solar firm has signed a deal with a French energy company to deliver 61 MW of thin film modules for its major PV project in California. US firm enXco, which is part of France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles, has signed the solar module supply agreement with First Solar for enXco’s Catalina Solar Project.

First Solar, which is based in Arizona, will deliver 61 MWp of thin film modules for the project located in Kern County, California, starting from September 2012. 

Catalina Solar will be built in two phases – the first phase of approximately 60 MWp is targeted to go online by the end of 2012 and the remainder of the project by June 2013. The plant will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of about 35,000 homes annually and will offset about 74,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.

Kristina Peterson, vice president of the solar business unit for enXco, said: “We are pleased to enter into this agreement with First Solar to supply a portion of the Catalina Solar Project. First Solar has been and continues to be a good partner. Their technology remains one of the lowest LCOE solar PV solutions.”

“First Solar has a long-standing relationship with EDF Energies Nouvelles and we’re excited to extend this to the US with enXco,” said Dana Diller, First Solar vice president for US business development. “We’re pleased to be a part of the Catalina Solar Project and playing a role in its success as well as helping California reach its renewable energy goals.”