Construction work started today (October 28) on what will be the world’s largest ever solar energy plant.
The $2 billion solar plant will produce 370 megawatts of clean, renewable energy and create more than 1,000 jobs. It is the first of its kind to be built on public land.
The ground-breaking of BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Ivanpah, California was marked by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The plant will nearly double the amount of solar thermal electricity produced in the US, according to BrightSource.
The site will produce enough clean energy to power 140,000 homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 400,000 tons annually, the equivalent of taking more than 70,000 cars off the road.
“Today we are breaking ground on the largest solar project in the world, right here in California,” said Mr Schwarzenegger.
“The construction of this renewable energy plant is great news for our state, and further proof that it is possible to both protect the environment and grow the economy.
“Projects like this one are helping us meet our long-term energy and environmental goals, while creating jobs and moving us toward a cleaner, more sustainable future – a future where California leads the nation and the world in a clean energy revolution.”
Thanks to Mark Attwood for this post.