Phoenix OKs solar plant for Buckeye landfill

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix City Council has approved a utility-scale solar plant that will be constructed at the city's only active landfill.

Officials say the project will result in nearly $1 billion in private investment, 300 construction jobs and more than 60 permanent jobs. The plant is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2012 and is expected to provide power to 50,000 homes.

The project will generate up to 250 megawatts of power. It incorporates a component that converts landfill gas to energy. The project will last at least 25 years and is on land that Phoenix owns in Buckeye.

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