Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Solar Power Plant Has Huge Impact for California County

The proposed 250-megawatt California Valley Solar Ranch could inject $315 million into San Luis Obispo County over the next 25-years according to a study by Cal Poly’s College of Business. More than $100 million of that will be in the form of worker wages, with the rest coming from purchases, and workers spending their earnings. Two-thirds of this impact will come in the first three years of the project when it is being built.

The construction phase could begin as early as this summer and take about three years. 250 employees, mostly electricians, engineers and general construction workers will be on hand during that phase. Once built, the plant will have a permanent staff of 12 and generate enough power for 100,000 homes.

An economic impact report for the project was detailed at a news conference Wednesday in San Luis Obispo. The project is proposed by SunPower Corp. and would be built near Highway 58 at the eastern edge of the Carrizo Plain in eastern San Luis Obispo County. The county Planning Commission will take up the project Jan. 27. Any appeal to the Board of Supervisors is likely to be heard in March. The SunPower project is one of two photovoltaic projects proposed for the Carrizo Plain. The other is a First Solar 550-megawatt plant. The economic impact of the First Solar project is likely to be similar to that of the SunPower plant.


1 comment:

Mr.Burton said...

Good for competing companies. And excellent for the valley (California's) economy. But why, since this is in the SoCal region are they focusing on PV? CSP or concentrated solar power would be so much better and cheaper.