The 320-acre plant, which is being developed by First Solar in Kern County, will supply its output to the cities’ municipal power utilities under the 20-year agreements.

Subject to final permitting, First Solar expects to begin construction on the project located near Rosamond in mid-2014 and commission in late 2015.

The plant, which is likely to create 200 construction jobs, will generate enough electricity to power more than 11,000 homes in its first year of operation, curbing over 20,000 metric tons of CO2 annually.

First Solar project development vice president Brian Kunz said the company will work with these municipal utilities to meet their renewable energy goals.

"And we’re proud to know that the communities of Pasadena, Riverside, Colton and Azusa will benefit from Kingbird’s clean electricity," added Kunz.