Salazar praises California solar project as 'major milestone'

“Breaking ground on what will be the world’s largest solar power project is a major milestone in our nation’s renewable energy economy and shows that the United States intends to compete and lead in the technologies of the future,” Salazar said. “This project shows in a real way how harnessing our own renewable resources can create good jobs here at home and contribute to our nation’s energy security.”

Salazar was joined at the facility by California Gov. Jerry Brown (D). The administration is working closely with the state to encourage renewable energy development.

Salazar signed an agreement with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009 to encourage renewable development on lands in the state.

The Energy Department has offered a $2.1 billion loan guarantee for the first phase of the project. The first phase should be completed in 2013.