First Solar acquires private land for solar projects

US energy company First Solar has acquired a portion of US-based Edison Mission Group's (EMG's) sola

The utility-scale solar projects of First Solar are located in California and in the southwest.

The company said that the acquisition adds to its existing list of utility-scale thin film photovoltaic solar projects. Its existing projects are on public land, range to 550MW in size, and are mostly under contract with utilities. The EMG projects that First Solar is acquiring are sited largely on private land, range from 20MW to 150MW, and are not yet contracted with utilities.

First Solar recently completed development and construction of its first California utility-scale solar power plant, the 21MW AC Blythe project that was sold to NRG Energy and supplies electricity to Southern California Edison.

First Solar and EMG have worked together since 2008 on the EMG projects, with First Solar providing engineering, procurement and construction services, while EMG was responsible for land acquisition and permitting. Now, First Solar will handle the development of these projects, including permitting.