Officials have flipped the switch on a $1 billion solar power generation station in the Mojave Desert south of Las Vegas that they say can produce enough electricity to power about 80,000 California homes.
Officials with Arizona-based First Solar and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources said at a ceremony Thursday that the project, dubbed Silver State South, will provide up to 250 megawatts of power to Southern California Edison under a long-term contract.
It took about two years to build the solar power array in Nevada near the state line town of Primm.
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Officials say it has more than 3.4 million thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, spread across almost 4 square miles of federal land off Interstate 15.
The panels are designed to track the sun from east to west each day.