6HWbNHN-show-poster2x3-c7tgE2Y.png

Artbound

Start watching
MJ250sC-show-poster2x3-Bflky7i.png

Tending Nature

Start watching
Southland Sessions

Southland Sessions

Start watching
Earth Focus

Earth Focus

Start watching
5LQmQJY-show-poster2x3-MRWBpAK.jpg

Reporter Roundup

Start watching
City Rising

City Rising

Start watching
Lost LA

Lost LA

Start watching
Member
Your donation supports our high-quality, inspiring and commercial-free programming.
Support Icon
Learn about the many ways to support KCET.
Support Icon
Contact our Leadership, Advancement, Membership and Special Events teams.

Blythe Solar Project May Be Built With FirstSolar Panels

Support Provided By
BlythesolarandMcCoys-thumb-600x400-36915

Blythe Solar Power Project from the air, November 2011 | Photo: Chris Clarke/KCET

Thin-film photovoltaic panel manufacturer First Solar may have an in for supplying solar panels for the one gigawatt Blythe Solar Power Project, according to documents project developer NextEra submitted to the California Energy Commission (CEC) last week.

The solar project, on 5,950 acres of public land west of Blythe, California, was picked up by Florida-based NextEra after its initial developer, Solar Millennium, field for bankruptcy in April.

Originally proposed as a parabolic trough concentrating solar thermal facility, the Blythe project was stalled after PV prices started to drop in 2009-10. In 2011, Solar Millennium told the CEC it was heading back to the drawing board, redesigning the site to use much more cost-effective photovoltaics.

According to reporter Christopher Martin at Bloomberg, NextEra is looking at cadmium telluride thin-film PV as a possible technology on which to base the reconfigured project, but the company hasn't officially settled on which flavor of PV it will use -- or on a supplier (or suppliers) for said PV.

FisrtSolar isn't commenting on a possible deal either, though its stock rose 11% after Bloomberg broke the story. But if NextEra does go with cadmium telluride as its PV tech of choice, FirstSolar will likely be first in line as a potential supplier. FirstSolar is the largest manufacturer of cadmium telluride PV in the country, and may well be the only one with the capacity to supply a gigawatt's worth of panels.

Besides, the companies have already worked together: FirstSolar sold the Desert Sunlight project near Joshua Tree National Park to NextEra, and is competing that plant's construction.

ReWire is dedicated to covering renewable energy in California. Keep in touch by liking us on Facebook, and help shape our editorial direction by taking this quick survey here.

Support Provided By
Read More
A nurse in blue personal protective gear administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to a woman in a red shirt.

How to Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment in Southern California

Booking an appointment for your free COVID-19 vaccine is complicated. To keep track of all the moving parts, LAist reached out to cities and counties in the greater Los Angeles area for specifics. Find your location below for your guide to booking vaccine appointments in Southern California.
A person in a red sweatshirt administers COVID-19 vaccine to a young Black man. Both are wearing face masks.

State Sets Aside Vaccines for Hard-Hit Areas, Speeds Reopening Efforts

Southern California counties and others across the state could be cleared to open more businesses and lift other restrictions sooner than anticipated under a plan announced today that will prioritize COVID-19 vaccines in communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
A health care worker prepares a dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during a mass vaccination for vendors at the Tanah Abang textile market in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 17, 2021.

Jakarta Will Fine People Who Refuse COVID-19 Vaccines. Will It Work?

The city of Jakarta has taken the rare step of announcing fines and welfare penalties for anyone who refuses to get a COVID-19 vaccine, raising fears of inequalities