World's largest solar thermal energy facility delivers clean, renewable electricity
Located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, the 377-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the world’s largest solar thermal facility. Built by Bechtel, the facility, which is a joint effort of NRG, Google, and BrightSource Energy, will produce enough clean, renewable electricity to power 140,000 homes. Ivanpah has nearly doubled the amount of commercial solar thermal energy now generated in the United States.
Bechtel designed, procured, and built the project’s trio of 450-foot- (137-meter-) high power towers and successfully placed 2,200-ton boilers on top of each tower. In addition, the team executed the project safely, working 36 months and 7.3 million hours without a lost-time incident.