California to develop three more solar projects
Apr 7, 2010 - Xinhua
Solar Millennium LLC company is developing three solar project sites in California
deserts that, once completed, will generate enough electricity to power more than
500,000 California households, it was announced on Wednesday.
generated by each plant will prevent a quarter megaton of global warming pollution
from being emitted into the atmosphere, according to California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger 's Office.
The reduction of pollution by the solar plants
is equivalent to taking about 40,000 cars off the road each year, said the office.
The new solar projects will add to seven the total number of solar projects
being built in the state. The deserts of Southern California are blessed with
sunshine and are among the best places in the world to build solar energy power
plants, the office said. The region has high solar radiation levels, more than
300 cloudless days per year, and is close to major load centers in California,
Arizona and Nevada.
"Effectively harnessing and developing this abundant
resource is the right thing to do, and it will require both strong political leadership
and advanced technology," the office said.
"Solar energy is a win-win for
Southern California, and the tangible economic benefits are critical to the region.
The construction and operation of the seven facilities will create thousands of
new jobs... as well as millions of dollars in local economic benefits each year."
Southern California's desert regions can lead the drive to reduce the nation's
dependence on foreign oil by cultivating safe and renewable energy sources, the
"It will not only protect our nation, but also give a healthy
boost to the local economy for years to come. The industry was born here, and
we should make sure it stays here."