Solar plant gets started

By on February 11, 2015
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The largest solar plant in Southern California was dedicated Monday in unincorporated Riverside County.

The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located north of Interstate 10 on the east end of the county, will generate enough power to light up 160,000 homes while offsetting carbon dioxide emissions by about 300,000 tons, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise.

The reduction in carbon emissions is the equivalent of removing 60,000 automobiles from the road.

About 100 people attended the opening ceremony, which was presided by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Desert Sunlight is one of the two largest operating solar plants in the world. It has a 550 megawatt capacity and was built by First Solar in Tempe, Az. It’s co-owned by NextEra Energy in Florida, GE Energy Financial Services and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas.

Power generated by the Desert Sunlight facility will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, the report stated.