When completed, the Solar Star project in Kern and Los Angeles counties will be the largest solar photovoltaic facility in the world, with a capacity of 579 megawatts.
The Solar Star project is being developed by SunPower Corp. and First Solar, Inc. The two companies are partnering to build and operate the facility, which is expected to be completed in 2015.
The project will cover approximately 13 square miles of land with photovoltaic panels. It will generate enough electricity to power approximately 255,000 homes.
The Solar Star project is just one of many large-scale solar farms being developed in California. The state is home to more than half of all solar photovoltaic capacity in the United States, and its installed capacity is expected to grow to more than 10 gigawatts by 2016.
Solar farms like Solar Star offer a number of benefits. They help to diversify the state’s electricity mix, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.
The Solar Star project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs during the construction phase. Once operational, it will result in $317 million in economic activity and $33 million in tax revenue over the life of the project.