Bechtel is partnering with Solar Partners on one of the most important projects yet in renewable energy.
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, in the Mojave Desert northwest of Needles, will be the first large-scale solar thermal project built in California in nearly two decades, and the largest of its kind in the world. It will generate enough electricity to power more than 140,000 homes and will nearly double the amount of commercial solar thermal electricity produced in the United States today.
Bechtel will provide engineering, procurement, construction, and startup services for Ivanpah.
The complex will consist of three separate plants using use BrightSource Energy’s Luz Power Tower (LPT) technology. It will displace 450,000 tons (408,000 metric tons) of carbon dioxide emissions per year— the equivalent of taking 70,000 cars off the road— while also reducing water use 90 percent by using a closed-loop dry-cooling technology.
The three plants will have a combined capacity of 392 megawatts of electricity, which will be provided to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison. Commencement of construction on the first plant was in October 2010, following permitting review by the California Energy Commission and the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management. During construction, the project will employee 1400 skilled craft workers from the San Bernardino Building Trades. The plants are scheduled to come online in 2013.
JUNE 2011 IVANPAH SITE PROJECT STATUS
INNOVATION: BUILDING IVANPAH
Ian Copeland, president of Bechtel's Renewable Power business, discusses the Ivanpah Solar Generating System and the innovation needed to build the project. Watch the video below.
HIGHLIGHTS OF GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
John Woolard, Brightsource Energy CEO
Jim Ivany, operations manager Bechtel Renewable Power
Ian Copeland, president of Bechtel Renewable Power
B-roll of group holding up Ivanpah commemorative sign