Gallery: PG&E Announces 800MW of Solar Energy for California

 
Sunpower plant in Bavaria

As the United States’ renewable energy sector grows by leaps and bounds, Pacific Gas & Electric recently announced plans for two gigantic photovoltaic plants in California. The solar installations will be constructed by Sunpower and Optisolar, whose 550 Megawatt plant will best the current proposed largest solar installation in the nation by 50 megawatts. The combined output of both plants will total 800 megawatts – enough to power 239,000 homes!

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  1. jack August 19, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Why hasn’t the state, or PG&E turned on the Solar power plant in Barstow, Ca? It was built back in the Carter administration and is just sitting there in the desert. It uses focused sunlight bounced from mirrors onto a solar boiler which in turn heats liquid sodium to produce steam to drive turbines. I have driven by it and it seems to be intact just not up and running, why?

  2. Fred August 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    yes, I also think it’s better to build in somewhere barren place. otherwise, just build roof solar for powering individual family.

  3. Fair Trade August 18, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    It’s good to see California getting behind solar – but I think it would be greener to have solar power on buildings rather than further disturbing ‘disturbed but unused farmland’ in the desert…

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