Ivanpah – BrightSource

BrightSource’s power tower solar thermal system is currently being deployed at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in California’s Mojave Desert. Ivanpah, which started construction in October 2010, is the first project that will deliver power to serve the company’s signed contracts with PG&E and Southern California Edison. The project – which counts NRG Solar, Google and BrightSource as equity investors – is currently the largest solar thermal plant under construction in the world. The project is being constructed by Bechtel.

Project Overview

A 392 megawatt gross solar complex using mirrors to focus the power of the sun on solar receivers atop power towers.

  • The electricity generated by all three plants is enough to serve more than 140,000 homes in California during the peak hours of the day.
  • The complex will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 400,000 tons per year.
  • Located in Ivanpah, approximately 50 miles northwest of Needles, California (about five miles from the California-Nevada border) on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
  • The complex is comprised of three separate plants to be built in phases between 2010 and 2013, and will use BrightSource Energy’s power tower solar thermal technology.

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