The first power plant using photovoltaic solar cells was dedicated by Governor Scott Matheson at Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, USA, on June 7, 1980. The plant was a joint venture of the U.S. National Park System, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory. The US$3 million photovoltaic system had 266,029 solar cells mounted in twelve long rows, produced a 100-kilowatt output which supplied electricity to six staff residences, maintenance facilities, a water sanitation system, and a visitors’ centre. The closest power line was 38 miles (61 kilometres) away.[/su_column]
June 7, 1980
Natural Bridges National Monument, UT, USA
- Utah Solar | SEIA
Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park was completed in 2016. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 104 MW of electricity — enough to power over 20,419 Utah homes. Several large retailers in Utah have gone solar including IKEA, Patagonia and Uinta Brewing Company.
- Solar power in Utah – Wikipedia
US annual average solar energy received by a latitude tilt photovoltaic cell (modeled). Solar power in Utah has the potential to provide all of the electricity used in the United States. Utah is one of the seven US states with the best potential for solar power, … solar power (CSP) plants using 6,371 square miles – about 7.5% of the state.
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- Rocky Mountain Power to build first solar farm in Utah – The …
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