Photovoltaic solar energy plant to be built by First Solar

Electricity from the Avra Valley solar power project will be sold to Tucson Electric Power under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

The solar power project will utilize First Solar’s thin-film photovoltaic technology, mounted on the company’s single-axis tracker system, which rotates the solar modules to follow the sun throughout the day.

Construction on the solar energy project is expected to begin in March and First Solar expects to complete Avra Valley by the end of 2012.