25 Sep '13, 9am

World’s largest solar thermal plant on line: The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest...

The station’s power tower technology includes large heliostats that track the sun throughout the day, solar field integration software and a solar receiver steam generator. Power generated from Ivanpah’s initial sync testing will go to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) , which has a power purchase agreement (PPA) for energy produced out of the plant’s Unit 1 station. Power generated from Ivanpah’s Unit 3 station is also sold under a PPA with PG&E, while Unit 2 is under a PPA with Southern California Edison . Proof-of-concept testing will also be conducted at Unit 2 and 3 in the coming months. The project, which is located in California’s Mojave Desert, is jointly-owned by NRG Energy Inc , BrightSource Energy Inc and Google. “Given the magnitude and complexity of Ivanpah, it was very important that we successfully complete this milestone showing all systems were on track,” sa...

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