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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia                                                                      Coordinates: 32°58′N 113°30′W


The Agua Caliente Solar Project is a 397 megawatt (MW)[1] photovoltaic solar
                                                                                              Agua Caliente Solar Project
generating facility being built in Yuma County, Arizona, that will use thin film
solar panels manufactured by First Solar. 39 MW was online as of December
2011 and the project is expected to be completed in 2014. [2] 100 MW was
completed as of April 2012. [3] 200 MW was completed as of July 2012, [4] and
247 MW in August 2012, when the 10th section was completed. The addition of
more panels has halted until 2013, with crates of panels covered to protect them.
Peak output of the installed panels has reached as high as 251.3 MW.[5]
The Series 3 thin film panels use CdS/CdTe, [6] and are rated from 75 watts to
77 watts each, and are mounted at a fixed tilt angle. 20,940 are connected in
each array, rated at 1.26 MW AC, and over 400 SMA 720CP inverters are used.
Two inverters are connected to each array. [7]
In August 2011, the Department of Energy finalized a $967 million loan
guarantee for the project. The project sponsor, NRG Solar, estimates the
photovoltaic generation facility will fund approximately 400 construction jobs and
16 full time operating jobs, and will be one of the largest plants of its kind in the
world when completed. [8] The power produced will be sold to PG&E (Pacific                    Location of Agua Caliente Solar Project
Gas & Electric) in California in a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement. [2][9]
                                                                                          Country                 United States
In February 2012, Agua Caliente competed in the Excellence in Renewable                   Location                Yuma County, Arizona
Energy Awards and won Project of the Year Award. [2]
                                                                                          Coordinates             32°58′N 113°30′W

See also                                                                                  Status                  Operational

                                                                                          Commission date         2011
      Arizona Solar Center
                                                                                          Construction cost       $1.8 billion
      Solar power in Arizona
                                                                                          Developer(s)            NRG Solar
References                                                                                Constructor(s)          First Solar

   1. ^ Utility-scale with a capital ‘U’: First Solar’s Agua Caliente PV project pushes               Solar farm information
      toward initial power
                                                                                          Type                    Flat-panel PV
   2. ^ a b c "Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards Winners: Project of the Year
      and Readers' Choice" . Renewable Energy World. 17 February 2012.                    Photovoltaic modules 5,200,000

   3. ^ "Arizona project reaches 100MW mark" . UPI. 26 April 2012.                        Land area               2,400 acres
   4. ^ Katie Fehrenbacher (16 July 2012). ""Huge Arizona solar panel farm now 2/3
      completed" .                                                                                 Power generation information

   5. ^ First Solar Stops Installation at Agua Caliente Project                           Installed capacity      247 MW
   6. ^ First Solar® FS Series 3™ PV Module                                               Maximum capacity        397 MW
   7. ^ SMA tapped to deliver more than 400 inverters for Agua Caliente solar
                                                                                          Annual generation       626.219 GW·h
      project
   8. ^ "Department of Energy Finalizes a $967 Million Loan Guarantee to Support the                       August 2012
      Agua Caliente Solar Project" . Energy.gov. August 5, 2011.
   9. ^ Agua Caliente Solar Project

External links
      Project Datasheet

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