California to build world’s biggest solar power plants
-   +   A-   A+     18/08/2008

California' + char(39)+ N's largest utility company has signed deals to build the world' + char(39)+ N's two biggest solar plants that would supply electricity to 250,000 homes and reestablish the United States as the global leader in solar power, officials said Friday.

California' + char(39)+ N's largest utility company has signed deals to build the world' + char(39)+ N's two biggest solar plants that would supply electricity to 250,000 homes and reestablish the United States as the global leader in solar power, officials said Friday.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), which is based in San Francisco and serves most of northern California, will use the two massive solar facilities to help it meet state requirements to generate 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010, according to Chief Executive and Senior Vice President Jack Keenan.

"This commitment not only moves us forward in meeting our renewable goal, it' + char(39)+ N's also a significant step forward in the renewable energy sector," Keenan said in a statement.

PG&E has signed contracts with two Silicon Valley firms, Optisolar and SunPower, to build the plants in the sunny central California coast city of San Luis Obispo, which is almost equidistant from the state' + char(39)+ N's two population centers San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Optisolar will build a 550-megawatt solar farm using thin-film photovoltaic panels, while SunPower will build another 250-megawatt plant on former farm land, PG&E said, adding that the OptiSolar plant could reduce as much carbon emissions by 90,000 cars alone.

Energy sector officials said that the new project is so large that it will double the entire installed base of solar power generation in the United States. The world' + char(39)+ N's largest solar facility is currently in Spain with a 23-megawatt generation capacity, while a 154-megawatt station is under construction in Australia.

 

 


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