Salazar: World’s Largest Solar Power Plant to be Built in California

After months of uncertainty, California will be the site of the world’s largest solar power plant, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today as he gave final approval for the 1 gigawatt Blythe Solar Power Project to be built on public land in the Mojave Desert.

“This is the kind of project that makes believers out of skeptics,” Salazar said at a press conference this afternoon.

I wrote this article for OnEarth magazine.. You can read the rest of it here.

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2 thoughts on “Salazar: World’s Largest Solar Power Plant to be Built in California

  1. I would agree with the snippet on this site. But I believe just solar fields are not going to do it. I may be mis-understanding the point because I did not read the whole article; but I believe we, the US, need to put solar panels and wind turbines in cites and large towns. California will have the largest solar fields. California, with its large cities and towns, should also have largest number of solar panels in the nation.

    California could be large one of the largest solar power producers in the nation.

    • It’s true. Current solar technology simply does not produce the power efficiency numbers to supply the nation from centralized plant facilities. The energy is in the sunlightlight, we just haven’t found a way to extract it all….yet. For now, the solution has to be de-centralized power production at (or near) the point of consumption. But that’s ok, since it can help us and the environment breathe a little easier.


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