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The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today

The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today
also home to a recent music video (they still make those?) from The Fray: Also - technically speaking, we have been creating electricity for a while already, today's event is Commercial Operations Delivery, which is formal acceptance by all parties (owners, builders, regulators and utilities taking power from the plant) that everything is done done and meeting all permit and contract hurdles. Also important to note, not only is it the largest solar project in the US, but it is a one of a kind. there are dozens of projects using PV that are around this size, but no one touches us for Thermal Solar. It's kind of a big deal.

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