Earlier this month, MidAmerican Solar and First Solar installed the one-millionth solar module at the Topaz Solar Farms located in San Luis Obispo County, California, the largest solar project currently under construction anywhere in the world. When completed, the 550-megawatt project will contain nearly 9 million PV modules.
“The installation of the one millionth module is a major accomplishment for everyone involved with the project,” said Paul Caudill, president of MidAmerican Solar. “Construction on Topaz Solar Farms began less than one year ago. Since then, we have worked as a team to ensure that as our top priority, we meet our commitments to the residents of San Luis Obispo County. We remain committed to safely constructing an environmentally friendly facility that will deliver reliable renewable energy to our customer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company.”
Upon completion, the Topaz Solar Farms project will provide local energy company PG&E with enough renewable energy to power approximately 160,000 Californian homes, displace approximately 377,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, and help the state of California towards meetings its goal of generating 33 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020.
“We congratulate MidAmerican Solar and First Solar for reaching this milestone at Topaz Solar Farms,” said Fong Wan, senior vice president, energy procurement, PG&E. “PG&E provides to its customers some of the cleanest electricity in the nation, more than half of which comes from sources that are renewable or carbon free. Photovoltaic solar will be an important part of our energy mix as we work toward California’s 33 percent renewable portfolio standard. The work of our energy partners at Topaz Solar Farms also is helping us progress toward a clean energy future for all Californians.”