Hanwha plans to Build a large Solar Plant in LaPaz County, Arizona

Hanwha 800MW location

174 Power Global, Corp., a California-based subsidiary of South Korean company Hanwha, plans to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a utility-scale photovoltaic solar facility (800 megawatts) on 4,654 acres of BLM-administered public land in southeastern La Paz County.  While the proposed site is likely within view of I-10 about midway between the Phoenix metro area and the California border, it is not near any sizable community.  The BLM held a public meeting in Quartzsite, West of the map image above, on February 19th.

The site, just south of Interstate 10, is close to a recently approved but still-to-be-constructed substation and a new 'Ten West Link' transmission line. The proposed project is still in the early stages. It must be approved by the BLM, then go through an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act process, before it can be fully approved and construction can begin.  The location is ideal for selling the energy into both the Arizona and California markets.

Hanwha Q Cells recently opened the largest solar factory in the Western Hemisphere. The 300,000 square foot factory in Dalton, Georgia has the capacity to produce 12,000 PV modules per day, or 1.7 GW annually – the same peak generating capacity as the Hoover Dam. This project will use about half the annual production of the new plant.

Desert solar farms can improve tortoise habitat

With openings in the fence and improved growth of plants vital for tortoise survival, solar farms in Nevada can provide better habitat than the surrounding desert. First Solar has found similar habitat gains in California.

PV Magazine has a good article on a further environmental benefit of solar farms.  

Tracker Failure - What broke at Oakey

On Oct. 18, 2018 the 55 MW Oakey 2 project located in the Darling Downs region in southeast Queensland, Australia suffered major wind damage. Approximately 2,000 Canadian Solar modules were damaged by the event, the photos present vivid evidence of what went wrong.

See the full article on PV Magazine: Long read: What broke at Oakey