250 Megawatts of Solar Power Coming to California

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Southern California Edison, the main utility company for an area including San Diego and Los Angeles, announced Thursday that they plan to spend $875 Million to power over 162,000 homes.
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At least when the rest of us have succumbed to the resource wars, Ron Burgundy and Brad Pitt will still have power.

The project, which would be the largest solar farm in the U.S., will include cells covering nearly 65 Million Square Feet in an effort to meet a California mandate that 20% of the state’s power be from sustainable sources by 2010.

Despite the seemingly massive size of this project, however, it is still only going to be generating an output that is roughly half that of the average coal- or oil-fired power plant. The best news, perhaps, is that it will be able to be staged into action, unlike those carbon-spewing behemoths; the new plant will be coming online at a rate of one megawatt each week.

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