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U.S. Offers $2.1 Billion Backing for Solar Power Plant
By Brian Wingfield – Apr 18, 2011

The U.S. offered a $2.1 billion loan guarantee to help Solar Trust of America LLC build the world’s largest solar-energy generating station in Southern California.

The project will create 484 megawatts of electricity to be transported over an eight-mile transmission line near Blythe, California, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, according to an Energy Department statement.

“This is the largest amount offered to a solar project through the loans program office,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said today on a conference call.

Solar Trust’s Blythe project will generate more solar power than all other solar-concentrating projects in the world combined, Uwe T. Schmidt, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on the call. Blythe will use mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy rather than solar panels that convert light directly into electricity.

The project will create more than 1,000 construction jobs and avoid more than 710,000 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions each year, according to the statement.

Solar Trust has built roads, water access routes and fencing on the site. The company plans to start building the project in a few months.

“When we rev up the great American energy machine, we can out-compete any other nation,” Chu said.


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