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Bechtel-Built Solar Project Delivers First Power

  • 30 October 2012
    FREDERICK, Maryland
  • Americas, Concentrated Photovoltaic, Engineering, Procurement & Construction, Press Release

The California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) has delivered its first 22 megawatts (MW) of power to San Luis Obispo County, California.

Bechtel is building the 250-MW solar facility for NRG Energy and SunPower. CVSR is one of the largest central station photovoltaic solar plants in the world and has created approximately 350 jobs since construction started in September 2011.

“Bechtel has hired several hundred craft workers and dozens of suppliers from San Luis Obispo County and other parts of California to work on this project,” said Jim Ivany, president of Bechtel’s renewable power business line. “The project provides skilled workers with good paying jobs and offers an opportunity for local businesses to contribute their expertise to an historic project that will improve the lives of those living in the community.”

Once completed, CVSR will power approximately 100,000 homes with clean, renewable solar energy. Learn more about CVSR (

With more than 65 years of experience and innovation, Bechtel is a leader in renewable power industry. In addition to its work on CVSR, the company is currently building the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert which is the largest concentrated solar thermal power facility ever undertaken.

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Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.  

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