Power from a new utility-scale solar farm in California has hit a record low price. The 155-megawatt Springbok 2 solar farm is cranking out electricty at $58 per megawatt-hour, slightly less than its previously anticipated rate of $58.65. That beats fossil fuel for power generation in California – both coal and natural gas. The project was built on re-purposed farmland that had been idle because of drought. In fact, there are nine farm-to-solar projects being built in the same agricultural community of Lemoore, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles as part of a coordinated strategy to address the rapid depletion of groundwater resources, while continuing to create jobs and prop up the commercial tax base. The power is contracted to the Southern California Public Power Authority.

– via Clean Technica / Tina Casey



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