Last week, the news out of Tempe Arizona was that First Solar, Incorporated had been hired to build a solar electric power generation facility to help power homes in the Los Angeles area. The 55 megawatt facility is to be built on land in Imperial County California and could help to power more than 17,000 homes after 2011.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has worked with the city council and First Solar, Inc. on these plans – and as of right now – approval of the facility lies in the hands of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.
First Solar Inc. has other plans active for the greater Los Angeles area, as CNBC reports:
First Solar also said Tuesday that it will build two massive solar farms in Southern California as part of an agreement with Southern California Edison to provide power to about 170,000 homes.
The farms will be located in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Construction is expected to start in 2012 and end in 2015.
California currently has a goal of delivering 20 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2010 and is considering legislation to increase the goal to 33 percent by 2020.