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World's Largest Solar Plant Moving Forward

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The new solar power plant in California will use parabolic trough solar collectors much like this one, developed by SkyFuel with the U.S. Department of Energy.

U.S. Department of Energy/ SkyFuel, Inc.
A 1000 MW parabolic trough solar power plant will be built in Blythe, California, with the first 250 MW going online in 2013. The plant’s developers received approval from the California Energy Commission to build; the developers are still finalizing financial backing for the project.

The plant would dwarf most other solar plants in the U.S., which top out at around 300 MW. Only 481 MW of solar energy were installed in the U.S. in 2009, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The new plant would bring California closer to its ambitious goal of having 33% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2020.

More information is available on the California Energy Commission website for the project.

Published September 19, 2010

Wendt, A. (2010, September 19). World's Largest Solar Plant Moving Forward. Retrieved from

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