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First Solar Acquires Project Development Pipeline from Edison Mission Group

First Solar, the Tempe, Ariz. maker and installer of thin-film photovoltaic panels, has acquired utility-scale solar projects to be developed in California and across the U.S. Southwest from the Edison Mission Group (EMG), a unit of Edison International. The EMG projects are set to generate as much as 150 megawatts and are not backed by…

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First Solar: PV Maker and Power Plant Operator

First Solar‘s acquisition yesterday of the land option supporting the development of the 117-megawatt Carrizo Energy Solar Farm in California from Ausra was a long time coming. The project, located in San Luis Obispo County and adjacent to the 550-megawatt Topaz photovoltaic power project, could act as a catalyst to finish that initiative at the…

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On Washington’s Green Energy Money

We followed up with Scott Stewart, who recently joined Washington, D.C. law firm Patton Boggs from the Justice Department where he was a litigator with the department’s environmental team. Stewart best summarized Washington’s growing importance as a funding source for cleantech companies. He said: The ability to access the federal government’s [funding] programs I think,…

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Details emerge on Enbridge Purchase of Ontario Solar Farm

Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline operator, is set to pay First Solar some C$100 million ($93.14 million) for a 20 megawatt, Ontario-based PV solar farm, an industry source tells us. In the press release announcing the sale, Calgary-based Enbridge says it plans to invest about C$100 million in solar energy for 2009, which only has three…

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First Solar completes acquisition of OptiSolar’s project portfolio

First Solar has completed its acquisition of OptiSolar’s� project pipeline. First Solar announced the all-stock $400 million transaction last month.� First Solar will takeover� the construction of OptiSolar’s utility scale solar power projects — including the 500 megawatts Topaz solar farm in Central California. As part of this transaction OptiSolar’s development team has joined First…

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