OptiSolar plans world’s largest solar farm

OptiSolarCalifornia based OptiSolar has announced the construction of a new eco-friendly solar operation that will produce a staggering 550 megawatts of electricity from thin film solar.  The current largest solar plant in the US is at Nellis Air Force Base, and produces 14 megawatts of power.  The new plant will provide enough electricity to light up 190,000 homes. 

The construction of the solar farm, scheduled to begin in 2010, will be designed from the start for minimal impact to the environment.  The construction is expected to take three years.

 The panels are low profile, standing less than 5 feet off of the ground for low visual impact.  The company is consulting with the California Department of Fish and Game as well as the US Fish and Wildlife service to minimize the effect on local wildlife. 

The project will be located in San Luis Obispo County, California and should go a long way towards meeting California’s goal of meeting at least 20 percent of their electricity needs with renewable resources.