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C a l i f o r n i a   P H O T O N

High Plains Ranch

High Plains Ranch II is a proposed 250 megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant which is to be built by SunPower in the Carrizo Plain, northwest of California Valley. PG&E has agreed to buy all of the power from the plant, which is expected to amount to 550 gigawatt-hours annually. 1  

The plant, which will use SunPower solar panels mounted on sun-tracking heliostats is expected to begin delivering power in 2010 and be fully operational in 2012.

The facility would use 3.5 square miles of land in San Luis Obispo County. 2  

facility location footprint area peak output power peak efficiency
square miles square kilometers megawatts watts per square meter net efficiency
High Plains Ranch II Carrizo Plain
northwest of California Valley
3.5 9.065 250 27.58 2.76%

References

1. PG&E Signs Historic 800 Mw Photovoltaic Solar Power Agreements With Optisolar and Sunpower, 8/14/2008 [cached]
2. PG&E plans big investment in solar power, SFGate.com, 8/15/2008 [cached]