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Apple Signs PPA for 130 MW of Solar

February 12, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

First Solar Energy ManageApple has committed $848 million for solar energy from First Solar‘s California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County, Calif. Apple will receive electricity from 130 MW under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

The 2,900-acre California Flats Solar Project occupies 3 percent of a property owned by Hearst Corporation in Cholame, Calif. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2015 and to be completed by the end of 2016.

The output of the remaining 150 MW of the project will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a separate long-term PPA, and the project is fully subscribed between the Apple and PG&E PPAs.

This deal marks the first wholesale commercial and industrial PPA executed by First Solar.

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