Now a days, we are gradually inclining to solar power. The U.S is one of the countries which is spreading the solar power technology rapidly. Lately, it’s been reported that world’s largest solar farm in California has started its journey and it’s running in full pace.
Topaz solar farm is now the world’s largest solar plant. Its construction began in 2012. It is located in San Luis Obispo County, California, on the northwestern corner of the Carrisa Plains. This solar power plant can produce 550 megawatt of electricity.
Topaz is the very first and currently the largest solar power plant in the world that can produce more than 500-megawatt electricity. With such power, the solar farm is able to provide power supply to at least 160,000 homes.
Topaz Solar Farm is built on 9.5 square miles (25 square km) area, a third of the size of Manhattan. It consists of nine million solar panels.
And it is a major step towards the state’s goals of supplying 33 per cent of electricity to homes from renewable sources by 2020. Note that, this project costs $2.5 billion.
The Topaz project has been designed to function as productive grassland habitat for native plants and animals while being used for passive farming of the sun’s energy. Besides, the project is expected to displace 377,000 tons of CO2 annually, equivalent to taking 73,000 cars off the road.