City council approves proposed 20 MW solar power project

The city council in Pittsburg, California, approved a proposal for a new solar power facility.  Solar energy generated at the 20-megawatt facility will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric Co., reports the Contra Costa Times.

Columbia Solar Energy, a subsidiary of LS Power, is in charge of building the facility on 115 acres of land once used as a landfill for a nearby steel mill. The article stated construction is expected to begin later this year and be completed in 2014.

Some residents in the city raised concerns regarding the environmental impact of the building, however, the city assured residents and businesses a proper review of the project showed there is no need for concern. According to the Times, the project will "generate electric output from the sun during daylight hours without air, water or noise emissions."

The project is also expected to meet a state mandate regarding the amount of energy produced by investor-owned utilities. The mandate require 33 percent of energy produced by investor-owned utilities must come from renewable resources by 2020, the article stated.

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