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World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Helps the Golden State get Greener



Earlier in February, the state of California got a whole lot greener with the opening of Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar thermal energy plant.

The Golden State will get even closer to its goal of sourcing a third of its power from renewable energy sources. Situated on 2,400 acres of desert land between Yuma and Phoenix, the world’s largest fully-operational solar power plant has recently finished construction. With a maximum capacity of 290 megawatts, the Agua Caliente power plant will generate renewable energy for 230,000 homes back in California.

Russell Roberts‘s insight:

Ivanpah is the “world’s largest solar thermal energy plant” with a capacity of 290 megawatts–enough energy to support the electrical needs of 230,000 homes.  If Californian, Arizona, and New Mexico can find a way to integrate solar energy into their shared grid, why can’t Hawaii do the same?  The state Public Utilities Commission has begun the switch over to solar power with a ruling that mandates the state’s electrical utilities  submit plans to fully integrate photovoltaic systems into  each Island’s grid.  It’s about time.  The longer we delay the full integration of all types of renewable energy, the more imported oil will cost us and the more vulnerable our economy becomes to variations in the crude oil market.  As Bob Dylan once intoned many moons ago, “You don’t have to be a weatherman to see which way the wind blows.”  Basically, get with the program.  Aloha, Russ.

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2 thoughts on “World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Helps the Golden State get Greener”

  1. This will work perfectly for Hawaii. Now you only need to find 2,400 acres of available land that is affordable, that nobody sees (since nobody will want to see it) and not located on, or close to a sacred site or location. One could also plant a bunch of those on the home of those wanting to participate in the program….but then there’s issues of liability and access to the units for general upkeep and maintenance, but that’s just part of it, I guess.

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