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California Valley Solar Ranch -- Solar Jobs

The California Valley Solar Ranch facility is creating clean energy jobs in San Luis Obispo County, California.

Last fall, the Energy Department finalized a $1.2 billion loan guarantee in support of the California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) -- a new solar facility in San Luis Obispo County, California.

Today, six months later, approximately 350 skilled workers, including electricians, carpenters and iron workers, are busy constructing the 250-megawatt plant. You can see many of them in the video above. The California Valley Solar Ranch is enabling these workers to support their families and remain in the area rather than traveling out of town in search of work.

In addition to creating job opportunities, when CVSR is operational in 2013, the Energy Department expects the plant to avoid over 425,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and produce enough clean electricity to power over 64,000 homes.

You can learn more about the Department’s loan guarantee projects at: