Georgia Power Selects First Solar for 200 mW CdTe-based Solar Plant

First Solar, Inc. of Tempe, Arizona USA, a maker of cadmium telluride CdTe-based thin-film solar cells, reported that the company will begin developing and building a 200-megawatt (MW)ac photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Twiggs County, Georgia USA. Georgia Power awarded First Solar the development and installation project as part of a 525MWac Request for Proposals for its Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI).

Project in Advanced Development Stage

The project, which is currently in an advanced development stage, is being planned under a proposed Power Purchase Agreement with Georgia Power for the renewable electricity generated by the facility. Construction is expected to commence in November 2018. And upon completion and commissioning, which is tentatively scheduled for late 2019, First Solar says, the Georgia plant would be the largest stand-alone solar power operation in the southeastern United States.

According to First Solar, the proposed project would include installation of over half a million of its thin-film solar modules on 2,000 acres of land near Warner Robins, Georgia. Also, the company expects the plant to generate more than 450 GWh of electricity annually. The proposed facility, potentially Twiggs County’s largest infrastructure project, would add about 300-400 jobs during construction and provide ongoing tax revenues.