New solar plant opens near Buckeye

The City of Phoenix is being recognized for going green. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has ranked Phoenix #1 in the nation for energy efficiency.

And a new solar power plant is helping lead the way for green energy.

A seemingly endless number of rows stretch towards the horizon, 118 acres of solar panels.

41 feet in the air it's easy to see the amazing sight of 50,000 solar panels.

The plant will produce enough energy to power 2,500 homes.

"In the big picture this is not generating a huge percentage of power, but this is going a long way to meet the 15% requirement to use alternative energy by 2025," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

The City of Phoenix leased the land for the solar plant to Arizona Public Service. McCarthy contractors built it, and the City of Buckeye was in charge of the permits and plan reviews.

"Congratulations to everybody in this new solar generation plant, we hope our regional partnership with Phoenix will flourish in the coming years," said Buckeye Mayor Jackie Mack.

250 jobs were created to build the Desert Star Solar Plant, which started in January and just finished.
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