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BrightSource Energy’s new project is the world’s largest solar thermal Mojave Desert, the new Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is designed to do exactly that. Ivanpah utilizes proven solar thermal technology and a low environmental impact . An aerial view of a solar receiver and boiler atop a tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS) in the Mojave Desert in.

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Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. It is near Interstate 15 and north systme Ivanpah, California. Solana provides up to six hours of power after the sun goes down, while Crescent Dunes is designed to offer up to 10 hours of storage.

Occupying about five square miles of sun-drenched land in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, the new Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a major accomplishment. Archived from the original on July 22, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Top image of heliostats via BusinessWire.

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility

View the discussion thread. According to NRG, that’s the equivalent of preventingtons of carbon-dioxide emissions a year. All three units were back in operation by June 20, Response from Ferdinand H. According to the DOE, the average price for utility-scale PV dropped from about 21 cents per kilowatt-hour in to 11 cents per kilowatt-hour in It was designed to minimize impacts on the natural environment compared to some gfnerating solar facilities because the use of heliostats does not require as much grading of the land.


Inland plants boost state to No. The amount of land required for very large-scale solar projects such as Ivanpah presents a daunting array of environmental concerns, ranging from wildlife to water to Native American artifacts. The plant burns natural gas each morning to commence the operation. Now BrightSource has delivered.

On May 19,a small fire was reported when misaligned mirrors reflected sunlight into a level of Unit 3 tower not designed to collect power, requiring the tower to shut down for repairs. Given that PV already has achieved about 10 times the scale of solar thermal in terms of total deployment, and that price reduction in PV seems to be accelerating, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for BrightSource to win bids for large-scale projects in the region with egnerating at or near Ivanpah’s.

Retrieved 22 March The water is then returned to the boiler in a closed process.

Ivanpah | World’s Largest Solar Plant in California Desert

The entire Ivanpah project features an industry-leading low-impact design, resulting in maximum land-use efficiency. But the jury is out on whether the massive complex, with megawatts of net generating capacity, should be viewed as a model for emerging sustainable energy systems in the desert Southwest and other global sunbelt regions.

In Aprilthe USFWS reported that dead birds, including peregrine falconbarn owl and yellow-rumped warbler had been collected yenerating Ivanpah in October Reviewed August 22, Cool stuff. This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat Is there food available at this place or activity? Archived copy as title Webarchive template wayback links Articles with short description Coordinates on Wikidata Commons category link is on Wikidata Official website not in Wikidata Pages with graphs Pages with maps.


However, birds faced the risk of collision with the heliostat mirrors or from burning in solar flux created by the mirror field.

Both Abengoa and SolarReserve store concentrated solar radiation in molten salts, providing valuable energy production during evening peak hours. Reviewed August 4, Spectacular sight. Retrieved 23 May All reviews electricity engineering sunlight policy tower heated boiler drive.

Moreover, PV cost reduction is helping to create new opportunities for small-scale distributed solar power at residential and commercial buildings.

4 reasons the Ivanpah plant is not the future of solar

The company reported that during a year of study supervised by the California Division of Wildlife, the number of observed bird deaths, adjusted upward to account for inefficiencies of the carcass-counting, were around 3, bird deaths per year caused by the Ivanpah solar plant. San Bernardino County Sun. Some contracted prices for large-scale PV have fallen below 7 cents, according to a recent report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The Ivanpah plant took steps to further reduce bird deaths.