PG & E Sign World’s Largest Solar Deal

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Pacific Gas & Electric Company are ready to soak up the sunshine after signing what may be the world’s largest solar deal, and one that will build seven new solar plants and produce enough clean energy to power 530,000 homes.PG&E Solar FieldPacific Gas & Electric Company are ready to soak up the sunshine after signing what may be the world’s largest solar deal, and one that will build seven new solar plants and produce enough clean energy to power 530,000 homes. The deal was signed in conjunction with BrightSource Energy out of Oakland, who will build the concentrated solar plants in Southern California, and then sell the energy to PG&E. The move by PG&E comes as no surprise since the 2010 deadline for all California electrical utilities to switch to 20% renewable power is fast approaching.

Naturally, Governor Schwarzenegger gave it his stamp of approval and said, “By committing to increase the amount of solar power, this announcement serves as more evidence that reliable, renewable and pollution-free technology is here to stay, and sunshine will eventually power hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses across our Golden State.”

But will this be another one of the plants that could be canceled because of environmentalists’ concerns about power lines damaging natural habitats?

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