Renewables, Solar

NextEra to use PV technology for Blythe solar power project

The California Energy Commission gave unanimous approval for the 485-MW NextEra Energy Blythe solar power plant, a proposed $1.13 billion renewable energy installation.

Regulators approved the facility to use solar photovoltaic technology instead of the parabolic trough system which was previously planned.

Project developers said they still need approvals by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management so the project can be built on public land.

The installation could provide as many as 500 construction jobs at peak. As planned, the project would be built in four phases. Construction is expected to last four years.

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