Beautiful Earth announces solar PV plant in California

New York-based clean energy company Beautiful Earth Group has announced that it will begin construction of a photovoltaic (PV) plant in California that aims to produce more than 16 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to power 10,000 homes.

The construction will begin on its Del Sur Solar plant in the Antelope Valley in California with two 19 megawatt (MW) PV plants to be built on previously disturbed agricultural land, which supposedly will significantly reduce its impact to the environment.

As the site is immediately adjacent to the Southern California Edison substation this almost totally eliminates the need for new transmission lines.  

It is also believed that the power generation technology at the Del Sur plant will require no water, which offers possibilities for further sustainability in a region where limited water resources are vital for other projects.

The announcement is indicative of the steps being made towards meeting California’s energy efficiency targets, with the state as a whole attempting to establish itself as a world leader in the renewable energy field.  In October it was also announced by US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, that California would be the site of a the world’s largest solar farm with the go-ahead for a $6 billion project.

The US in general is certainly making headway in its bid to increase the use of green energy, with solar output in 2011 expected to reach 2GW, though there is still some way to go to reach the levels of Germany.