New CA Solar Plant to Double U.S.’s Solar Electricity Production

October 26, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News) – Tourists may talk about “bottling that California sunshine,” and now the government is going to actually make that happen. A new Riverside County, CA solar plant got the government stamp of approval yesterday, and once built, the multi-billion-dollar project will be able to power more than 300,000 homes, thus doubling the United States’ solar production capacity, the L.A. Times reports.Hurrying to meet a December deadline to score federal stimulus funds, several solar plants have raced through the process to acquire permits and approvals recently. The Riverside County plant is the sixth to gain Bureau of Land Management approval within the last few months. Known as the Blythe Solar Power Plant, it will span over 7,000 acres on public land and will produce one gigawatt of power by collecting sun rays that hit mirrors, then using that heat to create steam from liquid, the L.A. Times notes.

The company behind the Blythe plant is seeking nearly $2 million in government funding for the project, after which it will break ground, most likely by the end of 2010. The plant will employ 300 people after it is up and running, while 1,000 people will work on the project’s construction, says the L.A. Times.


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