Giant Solar Plant Down to 7 Possible Sites

National Solar Power (NSP) has ambitions to build the world’s largest solar plant, and has narrowed the list of possible locations to four communities in Florida, two in Georgia and one in North Carolina, the company announced.

NSP said it plans to build a 400-megawatt (MW) capacity solar plant in one of the southeastern U.S. areas, making it the largest photovoltaic (PV) project in the world, beating out the current leader in Ontario by a magnitude of five. The project will consist of 20 related 200-acre solar farms, each generating more than 20 MW of power. All told, the plant could produce enough energy to power 32,000 homes. Some 400 jobs would be created during the construction phase, with up to 120 permanent jobs after completion. The entire project will take six years to complete and will cost nearly $1.5 billion, the company said.

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The communities still in in the running for the plant are Gadsden, Hardee, Osceola and Suwannee counties in Florida; Sumter and Tatnall counties in Georgia; and Guilford County in North Carolina.

NSP listed several criteria for selecting the ultimate location, including the community’s ability to meet its infrastructure needs; support from the local community, businesses and government; access to economic development and tax incentives; and availability of qualified workers. NSP said it will choose a winner soon and will begin the first phase of development six months later.

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