MidAmerican Solar and First Solar are marking a milestone at Topaz Solar Farms, located in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. This week, the five millionth solar module was installed on one of the largest solar projects under construction in the world.
When complete, the 550 MW AC project will include more than 8 million photovoltaic modules. The first solar module was installed May 16, 2012.
The Topaz project is owned by MidAmerican Solar and is being constructed by First Solar, which also will provide operations and maintenance services. Construction began in late 2011 and is expected to be complete by early 2015.
During its three-year construction period, the Topaz project will create an average of about 400 construction jobs.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will purchase the electricity from the Topaz project under a 25-year power purchase agreement.