US based Sempra Generation has received approval from the Kern County Board of Supervisors to construct a new 200MW solar power plant in Antelope Valley, California.

Located in the high desert about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, the Rosamond Solar facility will generate enough electricity to power about 76,000 average homes for a year.

The facility will be built on privately owned, former agricultural land near an existing major transmission line corridor, and it will use photovoltaic solar-panel technology.

Sempra Generation president and CEO Jeffrey Martin said that the facility will deliver a new supply of solar power to California that moves the state one step closer to reaching its clean energy goals.

The company is expected to break ground on the solar project in 2012 with completion targeted for 2013.

Sempra Generation operates and maintains a fleet of natural gas-fueled power plants, and is a developer of solar and wind facilities that serve the US markets.