1-GW Blythe Solar Project Breaks Ground

Blythe Solar Breaks Ground

City of Blythe Mayor Joseph DeConinck, California Gov. Jerry Brown, Solar Trust of America Chairman/CEO Uwe T. Schmidt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and 80th District Assembly member V. Manuel Perez shoveled dirt at the groundbreaking for the Blythe Solar Power Project. Photo: Solar Trust of America

In Riverside County, Calif., construction began in June on the first phase of the Blythe Solar Power Project. Blythe consists of two 500-megawatt (MW) parabolic trough concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, California Gov. Jerry Brown and representatives from Solar Trust of America were present for the groundbreaking ceremony.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), provided a $2.1 billion loan guarantee to help finance the project’s $2.8 billion price tag. That’s $2.80 per watt.

At completion in 2014, Blythe is expected to be the world’s largest solar project, of any technology.

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