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First Solar Building West Texas Project Without Customer

First Solar Inc., the largest U.S. solar-panel manufacturer, began building a 22-megawatt power plant in West Texas before lining up a buyer for the electricity.

The Barilla Solar Project in Pecos County will begin producing power by mid-year and First Solar plans to sell the output to local utilities, cooperatives and industrial customers through the state’s deregulated market, the Tempe, Arizona-based company said today in a statement.