Six are operating while another eight are under construction, she said. Jewell added that lessons have been learned about locating projects where they will minimize conflicts with wildlife habitat, Native American archaeological sites and other important places. She said she had just visited Joshua Tree National Park. I now have a great appreciation of what is special about the California desert, she said. Desert Sunlight is one of the worlds two largest operating solar plants. It has a peak capacity of 550 megawatts or enough juice to power an estimated 160,000 California homes. It is rivaled, however, by the recently completed Topaz Solar Farm in San Luis Obispo County, which has the same 550 megawatt capacity and was built by same developer, Tempe, Ariz., based First Solar.
The full write-up on which this blurb was in fact based upon is actually found at http://www.pe.com/articles/solar-759955-desert-project.html
NV Energy provides solar energy education – My News 4 – KRNV, Reno, NV
(MyNews4.com & KRNV) — Although the thought of going green and reducing your electric bills sounds great — not every homeowner is a good candidate for solar energy so NV-energy representatives want to help you make the right decision. Customers who are considering investing in rooftop solar are invited to attend a free workshop to learn more about NV Energy’s Solar Generations Program. NV Energy officials will show you how to calculate your home’s energy use and make sure you understand exactly what you are signing up for. We’re seeing a lot of new companies come into Nevada and national companies as well that are really engaging customers in solar energy. so in order for a customer to say yes and to sign that contract we want them to be well informed about what it means to go solar, said Jeff Healion, Senior Program Manager for NV Energy.
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