US approves building world's largest solar plant in California

The US government today approved the $6-billion Blythe solar power project in California-the world's largest solar plant that would save one million tons of carbon dioxide annually.

The Blythe solar power project being developed by Solar Trust of America, a joint venture between German company Solar Millennium and privately held Ferrostaal AG got its final clearance from the US secretary of the interior Ken Salazar.

The clearance for the plant is the first such project to be approved on federal public land that will be built on 7,000 acres Blythe in Riverside County in the state California.

The 1,000 megawatts Blythe project is made up of four separate plants of 250-megawatt each that together will be able to power more than 300,000 American single family homes, and probably even up to 750,000 homes by some estimates.

To gauge how big the project is, the Blythe solar plant's dimensions are bigger to that of a nuclear power plant and the largest solar plants currently in operation are in the 200-350 megawatt range.

The 1.000- megawatts Blythe solar power plant would more than double the US existing installed capacity of about 481 megawatts.