Owner MidAmerican Solar and SunPower say about 10% of the 579MW Solar Star PV project was successfully synchronized and is now delivering energy to the California grid.
– Solar Star I and II – is the world’s largest PV array under development.
Construction began last April with full commercial operation scheduled in
fourth quarter 2015. At that time, it will provide electricity equivalent to
powering 225,000 average-size homes.
Solar, a unit of MidAmerican Energy holdings Company (MEHC), acquired the
project in January 2013 from SunPower for a reported $2bn. MEHC is the energy arm of Berkshire Hathaway,
the largest US holding company whose chief executive is billionaire Warren
designed and developed Solar Star, and is the engineering, procurement and
construction contractor. It also will provide operations and maintenance
services for the plants.
California Edison will purchase electricity from Solar Star I and II under
"Utility-scale solar power is a competitively priced renewable
resource, and a key part of Southern California Edison's energy mix," says
Stuart Hemphill, senior vice president of power supply for the utility.