Huge US solar project starts commercial operation
One of the world's largest solar projects - taking up 3,600 acres of land - has started commercial operation in California.
The 550-megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, is capable of generating enough clean energy to power around 160,000 homes. The plant uses over 8 million First Solar modulesdisplacing approximately 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing more than 60,000 cars from the road.
US Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell (pictured at the official switch on) commented: "Solar projects like Desert Sunlight are helping create American jobs, develop domestic renewable energy and cut carbon pollution," said Secretary Jewell. "I applaud the project proponents for their vision and entrepreneurial spirit to build this solar project, and commend [Governor Brown] for implementing policies that take action on climate change and help move our nation toward a renewable energy future."
Project owners NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy; GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE; and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas all helped flip the switch for the official commissioning of the project.