BLYTHE: Sulfuric acid spill sends man to hospital

BLYTHE – A man was hospitalized with burn injuries today following a sulfuric acid spill at a solar power station west of Blythe.

County fire crews and public health officials responded at 10:50 a.m. to the Genesis Solar Energy Project at 11995 Wiley’s Well Road.

A 10-gallon sulfuric acid spill injured two people at the facility, said Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department. One man with moderate burn injuries was airlifted to a hospital, while another patient with minor injuries refused transport, according to Hagemann.

The cause of the spill was under investigation.

According to NextEra Energy Resources, the facility’s owner and operator, the Genesis Solar Energy Project is a 250-megawatt solar energy plant capable of generating enough electricity to power 88,000 homes annually.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.