Topaz Solar Farm

550MW As Compared To Coal and Nuclear Power Plant Output.

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San Luis Obispo County, California USA

Located on the northwestern corner of the Carrisa Plains, the 550 megawatt Topaz Solar Farm is the world's largest operational PV power plant and produces sufficient electricity to power 160,000 average California homes. The Topaz location was selected after an extensive review of potential sites in California which considered the available solar resource, proximity to existing electrical transmission lines, current land uses, and environmental sensitivities. 

Economic benefits include an estimated $417 million in positive impacts, including property and sales tax revenues for the County, wages from direct and indirect employment, induced spending and supply chain revenues.

Our Advantage

Type:

Ground Mount

Developer:

First Solar, Inc.

Number Of Modules:

9,000,000

Owner:

Mid American Solar

PPA:

Pacific Gas & Electric

Project Size

550MW

Homes Powered

160,000

Cars Removed:

73,000

Tons CO2 Displaced Annually:

377,000

  • 2008-2009
  • 2009-2011
  • 2011
  • 2014-2034

Planning

APRIL 2008

Topaz proposed by Optisolar

AUGUST 2008

Power Purchase Agreement with PG&E

Construction

2011

Start Construction

Permitting

JULY 2009

Revised Conditional User Permit application submitted

2010

Environmental Impart Report (EIR) finalized and certified

Operations

2014

Estimated project operation

Project Status Completed Site

San Luis Obispo County, California USA View Map