World’s largest solar thermal plant in California, the Blythe Solar Power Project
The world’s biggest solar thermal plant is here, and California will play home to it. Christened the Blythe Solar Power Project, this project is to be undertaken at Mojave Desert with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts. Besides just producing a load of green energy, the Blythe Project will also create about 604 construction jobs and 221 permanent jobs, giving some relief to the unemployment rate of 15% in California. The solar complex will generate enough energy to power up as many as 800,000 homes during peak operating hours and will be built in four 250-megawatt phases according to Karen Douglas, the energy commission’s chairman.
To be constructed by German developer Solar Millennium, the Blythe Solar Power Project will cover up 9.3 square miles in Riverside County in Southern California using solar reflectors, liquid-filled tubes suspended over the mirrors and electricity-generating turbines. Some green energy for California!