The world’s largest solar energy plant is now up and operating
Solar energy simply hit one in every of its largest milestones, in additional methods than one. First Photo voltaic just lately completed constructing Topaz, a 550-megawatt plant that represents the most important lively photo voltaic farm on the planet. And we do imply giant — the set up’s 9 million photo voltaic panels cowl 9.5 sq. miles of California’s Carrizo Plain. It is a powerful feat that ought to energy one hundred sixty,000 houses on Pacific Fuel and Electrical’s grid, though it will not be alone on the prime for very lengthy. First Photo voltaic’s Desert Daylight farm will match that capability as soon as its final photo voltaic cells log on, and SunPower’s 579MW Photo voltaic Star is because of go stay in 2015. Not that there is a drawback with that, in fact. These photo voltaic crops have been a very long time coming, they usually promise eco-pleasant power for tons of of hundreds of Golden State residents.
[Image credit: Center for Land Use Interpretation]