Abengoa SA plans to start construction of a solar plant in Arizona this year after getting $1.45 billion in loan guarantees from the U.S. government.
The plant, 70 miles (113 kilometers) southwest of Phoenix, will produce 250 megawatts and will serve 70,000 families, the Seville-based company said in a statement today. Solana, as the plant will be named, will prevent 475,000 tons in carbon-dioxide emissions annually.
President Barack Obama today announced $1.85 billion in loan guarantees to build sun-powered facilities in the U.S. he said will create thousands of new jobs.
The guarantees will come from the $862 billion economic stimulus program enacted early last year.