California Valley solar plant producing power
November 5, 2013
The California Valley Solar Ranch is now operational and delivering enough electricity to power 100,000 homes annually. [Tribune]
The Solar Ranch is one of two photovoltaic plants on the Carrizo Plain. The Topaz Solar Farm, the larger of the two plants, is still under construction and expected to open next year.
Construction of the Solar Ranch began in September 2011 and completed last month. The project employed 700 people.
The plant delivers 250 megawatts of power to PG&E. The Topaz Solar Farm is a 550-megawatt plant.
“Into its nine photovoltaic arrays, CVSR includes a water recycling plant that minimalizes annual water use and a plan for protecting and conserving more than 12,000 acres of land in and around the facility,” said Randy Hickok, senior vice president of plant owner NRG Solar.