In my travels between Las Vegas, NV and Tijuana, MX, I drive near the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility that is just across the California/Nevada border. On this particular day, (Monday morning June 2nd), what I observed was stunning or amazing ‒ however you want to describe it ‒ reflecting, emanating, out of one of the towers. An interesting sight indeed! Here are a few pictures of what I saw. What do you think?
BrightSource’s LPT 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 plant under construction in the world. The project is being constructed by Bechtel.
A 377 megawatt net 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 LPT solar thermal technology.
Here is another website explaining the facility: IvanpahSolar.com