First Solar signs PPA with MCE for 160MWAC solar plant


First Solar announced that MCE, a community choice aggregator (CCA) in California,  has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for electricity generated from 40MWAC of First Solar’s Little Bear Solar Project in Fresno County, CA.

The project, designed to be built out eventually to 160MWAC, is anticipated to begin construction in 2019, with commissioning expected in 2020.

In the agreement, MCE will initially purchase electricity from Little Bear’s 40MWAC first phase, with an option to expand up to the project’s full 160MWAC as their load increases through potential expansion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Little Bear PPA is First Solar’s first with a CCA.

“MCE is dedicated to getting more renewable energy on the grid in California, and providing climate-friendly energy choices for customers,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE.

“By empowering communities and customers with green energy choices like Light Green 50 percent renewable and Deep Green 100 percent renewable, MCE is able to stimulate build-out of California solar projects, providing a competitive new marketplace for enterprising energy suppliers like First Solar,” Weisz said.