Two solar farm projects are set to be started soon in the United States. The first one is a massive solar energy farm in Laughlin, Nevada. Clark County will start negotiations with a Chinese company that would build a solar panel factory in the region. The same company proposed to set up a solar energy farm as well.
ENN Mojave Energy Corp wants to build the solar energy farm in the area about 90 miles south of Las Vegas. The location would make it easy to connect to the power lines in California. Once completed, the factory and industrial park will occupy 300 to 400 acres of land. It would create at least 2,000 skilled manufacturing jobs.
The total cost for the factory and solar energy farm is tagged at $4 billion to $6 billion. The construction of the factory could begin this year or early 2012. Manufacture of the solar panels will start in March 2013. The plant would be capable of pricing 2.7 million to 5.4 million solar panels each year.
According to the proposal, the first phase of the solar energy farm will begin its operations in March 2014, the second phase in March 2015 and the third phase on March 2016.
Ohio also has a solar project in the works. AEP Ohio recently signed a deal to buy electricity from a solar power project in Noble County. This finalizes the plan that was announced last October. AEP will invest $20 million in the project.
The 49.9 megawatt solar power farm will be the largest one in the state once it is completed. It will be built on 750 acres of land that was formerly used as a coal mine. Construction will start next year and will be completed in 2015.
The project is known as Turning Point Solar. It is a venture between New Harvest Ventures of Gahanna and Agile Energy of San Francisco. By purchasing the power generated by the solar power farm, AEP will comply with the benchmarks of a 2008 states energy law that increased the requirements for solar power.
Joe Hamrock, president and chief operating officer of AEP Ohio, said that the project was first announced last year and the company is proud to be instrumental in advancing renewable energy in the Midwest. This would also help create new green jobs in Ohio. According to AEP, the project will create around 600 jobs.