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Topaz Solar Farm is located in California

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Location of Topaz Solar Farm

Country California, United States
Locale Carrizo Plain
Coordinates 35°23′N 120°4′WCoordinates35°23′N 120°4′W
Status Proposed
Construction began 2011
Commission date 2014 (expected)
Owner(s) OptiSolar
Constructor(s) First Solar
Solar farm information
Type Flat-panel PV
Land area 9.5 sq mi (25 km2)
Power generation information
Maximum capacity 550 MW

Topaz Solar Farm is a proposed 550 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant, to be built by First Solar, Inc.[1] (thin film CdTe solar module maker) in the Carrizo Plain, northwest of California Valley at a cost of over $1 billion.[2] On August 14, 2008, Pacific Gas and Electric announced an agreement to buy all the power from the power plant.[3] Commenting on this project and a nearby 250 MW project announced at the same time, Daniel Kammen, the director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at University of California, Berkeley, said “This scale is ten times larger than what was being talked about awhile ago”.[4]

OptiSolar, the instigator of the project, had optioned 9.5 square miles (25 km2) of ranchland,[5] In November 2009, First Solar announced that it had purchased options to an additional 640 acres (260 ha) fromAusra’s canceled Carrizo Energy Solar Farm. First Solar would reconfigure the project to minimize the use of land covered by the Williamson Act.[6][7][8]

The project would utilize thin-film PV panels designed and manufactured by First Solar. The project would deliver approximately 1,100 gigawatt-hours (GW·h) annually of renewable energy. The plant’s power would be generated during the middle of the day, when demand for electricity — and price — is much higher than at night. The project is expected to begin construction in 2011 and be fully operational by 2014.[9] California utilities are mandated to get 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2010.[4]

In late October 2010 the San Luis Obispo Department Planning and Building released a Draft Environmental Impact report for which is now accepting public comment.

On August 14, 2008, Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced agreements to buy the power from Topaz Solar Farm and High Plains Ranch.[10][11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Nauman, Matt (2009-03-02). “Calif. utility agrees to buy solar power from two proposed plants”The San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  2. ^ Strickland, Tonya (2008-04-24). “$1 billion-plus Carrisa Plains solar farm could power 190,000 firms”The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Retrieved 2008-08-19.[dead link]
  3. ^ Pacific Gas and Electric (2008-08-14). “PG&E Signs Historic 800 MW Photovoltaic Solar Power Agreements With Optisolar and Sunpower”. Press release. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  4. a b DeBare, Ilana (2008-08-15). “PG&E plans big investment in solar power”San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  5. ^ Sneed, David (2008-08-14). “Calif. utility agrees to buy solar power from two proposed plants”The Tribune. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  6. ^ Woody, Todd (November 5, 2009). “Ausra Sells Planned Plant to First Solar”The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  7. ^ Sneed, David (November 5, 2009). “Solar power company drops out of plans for Carrizo Plain in eastern San Luis Obispo County”The Tribune. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  8. ^ Wang, Ucilia (November 5, 2009). “First Solar Buys Land Option From Ausra for Topaz Project”Greentech Media. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  9. ^ Topaz Solar Farm – Timeline
  10. ^ Pacific Gas and Electric (2008-08-14). “PG&E Signs Historic 800 MW Photovoltaic Solar Power Agreements With Optisolar and Sunpower”. Press release. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  11. ^ Sneed, David (2008-08-14). “Calif. utility agrees to buy solar power from two proposed plants”McClatchy Newspapers. Retrieved 2011-04-30.

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