7 Major Solar Power Plants Coming to California


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One Will be Among Nation's Largest
Southern California Edison just signed on to build and run seven new solar power plants in the state. When they're all online, the deal will have effectively doubled Edison's total solar capacity. And that's not all -- one of the projects will be the biggest solar power plant in the nation.At 325 megawatts, that plant, slated for construction in Rosamond, will hold its own with the largest installations in the US. In all, the new solar plants will add 831 megawatts to the grid -- enough to power over 540,000 homes. The facilities are scheduled to be completed by 2016.

Here's the LA Times:

"This is an unprecedented time for solar photovoltaic," said Marc Ulrich, vice president for renewable and alternative power for Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International. "We're seeing growth in technological advances and manufacturing efficiencies that result in competitive prices for green, emission-free energy for our customers."

In 2009, Edison obtained 13.6 billion kilowatt-hours of power from renewable sources, about 17% of its overall power generation. That renewable electricity was generated by 3,296 megawatts of wind, geothermal, solar, biomass and small hydropower facilities, with solar representing only 382 megawatts of capacity, according to the utility's website. Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady said the megawatt total for solar and overall renewable power had increased since then ...

This news certainly marks another encouraging step in California's ongoing trend of moving to cleaner energy in large strides. And since voters upheld the state's trailblazing climate law last November, expect to see more such major renewable projects in the near future.

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