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World’s largest PV project officially underway

Record Solar Installation at Topaz Solar Farms

World's biggest solar project
Topaz Solar Farms in San Luis Obispo County, CA is rapidly gaining recognition for its efforts in what is about to become the largest solar electricity project in the world. In a celebration ceremony, held May 3, 2012, the MidAmerican Solar of Phoenix, AZ broke ground by initializing the installation of its solar panels.

The first solar panel of nearly 9 million installed

What a rewarding and remarkable day it has been for Topaz Solar Farms. After five months of grueling construction work, Greg Abel, chairman, president, and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, installed the first solar panel.

The Topaz project will create about 400 construction jobs during its three-year construction period; will generate nearly $417m in local economic impact (mostly during construction); and will provide California with renewable electricity. When complete, the project will provide enough energy to power about 160,000 average California homes.

The Topaz project is owned by MidAmerican Solar and will be constructed, operated and maintained by First Solar. Construction began in late 2011 and is expected to be complete by early 2015. PG&E will purchase the electricity from the Topaz project under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), helping California meet its mandate to generate 33% of its power from renewable sources by 2020. Electricity generated by the Topaz project will displace about 377,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year (equivalent to taking about 73,000 cars off the road).

Future of solar electricity

When it comes to solar energy, Topaz Solar Farms is placing San Luis Obispo County on the map and giving California a proud name. Once complete, it will be able to provide clean energy to about 160,000 homes and help the state come closer to meeting its green energy goals.

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