First panel installed at world’s largest solar plant

MidAmerican Solar and First Solar, Inc. noted that the first solar panel has been installed at the 550-MW Topaz Solar Farm in California. The site is the largest solar capacity project in the world.

The first of 9 million solar panels was installed at the San Luis Obispo County site Calif. On Wednesday, the first solar panel was installed on what is the largest solar project under construction in the world. When complete, the 550-MW AC project will include nearly 9 million photovoltaic panels.

To mark this significant event, the first solar panel was installed by Greg Abel, chairman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, and Walter Scott, Jr., who serves on the boards of directors for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and MidAmerican.

“The installation of this first solar panel is more than symbolic,” said Paul Caudill, president of MidAmerican Solar in a statement. “It represents nearly five months of hard construction work put in by a dedicated crew of craftspersons and on-site supervision, a large majority of whom live in the local area. They are helping us achieve our goal of safely and reliably delivering energy to our customer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, all while adhering to our core value of respect for the environment.”

MidAmerican Solar, a unit of MidAmerican Energy Holdings, will sell electricity from the 3,500-acre site Topaz project through a 25-year power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Co.