US interior secretary Sally Jewell yesterday flipped the switch on Desert Sunlight, the 550MW PV power plant built by First Solar that for a few months at least will be the world’s largest.
Jewell attended a ceremony at the Riverside County, California site, during which the vast project was officially inaugurated.
The US Department of Energy marked the occasion by publishing a report yesterday highlighting the key role played by its Loan Programs Office (LPO) in supporting the first wave of ultra-large utility-scale solar plants in the US.
Desert Sunlight is the last project to reach completion of a batch five plus-100MW utility PV plants that were supported by the LPO through a US$4.6 billion loan guarantee programme.
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