First Solar has started construction on its 22MW (AC) Barilla array in West Texas, in what will become another important reference project for PV in the Lone Star state.
project, located near Fort Stockton, is slated for completion by mid-2014, and
will help take the edge off the peak demand spikes experienced in the region.
will build, own and operate the plant with the intention of selling power to
municipal utilities as well as commercial and industrial users, although it
remains open to selling Barilla to a long-term owner.
“demonstrates First Solar’s capability to rapidly develop, construct and
commission a solar project … at competitive rates to the market when and where
it is required”, says Tim Rebhorn, senior vice president for business
benefiting from excellent solar resources, a strong local wind sector, and the
second largest population among US states, Texas is not currently among the 10
largest statewide PV markets in the US.
there are signs that the Texas solar sector is beginning to take off. Among the
key projects underway in the state is the 400MW package that Korea’s OCI and
its partners are building for San Antonio’s municipal utility.
“We are not
resting on our legacy of leadership in oil and gas,” says Joe Shuster, judge
for Pescos County, where the Barilla project is building built. “This is an
important step forward in our efforts to establish West Texas as a centre for