Gallery: First US Solar Thermal Power Plant in Decades Approved in CA


As California utility companies struggle to obtain 20% of their total energy from renewable sources by the end of 2010, the nations first solar thermal power plant in two decades was approved for Kern County, California. The thumbs up from state regulators comes after a two and a half year environmental review that made sure the effects of the construction would be minimal on wildlife and that the water obtained for the plant would not deplete the area’s already meager supply. When built, the Beacon Solar Energy Project will supply 250-megawatts of clean green power to the grid.

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