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Renewable power companies MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp have connected the first 57 megawatts to the power grid.

They are building a 579-MW Solar Star solar power plant, one of the biggest in the USA.

This project involves two plants in Kern and Los Angeles counties. Ones ready they will power about 255,000 homes.

“We are fulfilling our promise to help California meet its mandate to generate 33 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020,” Mike Fehr, MidAmerican Solar’s general manager at the Solar Star projects, said.

The two companies said construction began in early 2013 and was expected to be finished by the end of 2015. The projects currently employ approximately 600 workers at the sites.

Southern California Edison, will purchase electricity from the projects under two long-term power purchase contracts. When complete, the companies are expected to have more than 1.7 million panels installed, covering 3,230 acres.

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