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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-02-07 11:55 PM
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Solar plant to be built near (California) Nevada border
http://www.desertdispatch.com/news/solar_1872___article...
November 2, 2007 - 12:39PM

Solar plant to be built near Nevada border

By JASON SMITH, staff writer

The Mojave Desert could be getting another solar plant.

The California Energy Commission accepted an application Thursday from BrightSource Energy, Inc., to build a 300 megawatt solar generating complex on Ivanpah Dry Lake near the Nevada border. If approved, the Ivanpah facility will be the first large solar energy plant built in the state since 1991, according to a statement from the commission.

Charles Ricker, a senior vice-president of BrightSource, said that Ivanpah was chosen for the site due to its proximity to power transmission lines and the availability of 200 acres of flat desert space. The site will be leased from the Bureau of Land Management, Ricker said.

The best locations for the type of solar plants that we build is really the High Desert, he said.

The Ivanpah complex will consist of three towers each surrounded by several hundred thousand square feet of mirrors. The mirrors refocus the suns energy onto a water boiler at the top of the towers which creates steam to power the generating turbines. This technology differs from the process used at the Daggett Solar Energy Generating Station, which boils a type of oil to run the turbines, Ricker said. Many of the engineers from Luz International, who designed the Daggett facility and nine other solar plants across the Mojave Desert, now work at BrightSource, he said.

Ricker said the energy commissions recently enacted requirement to have California generate at least 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2017 is driving power producers to consider solar projects. He said that due to its reliability, solar is a better fit for the California area than other alternative energy options, such as wind and geothermal plants.

Construction of the Ivanpah facility could start as soon as 2009 depending on regulatory approval, Ricker said. The $300 million construction project will require hundreds of construction workers to build and a smaller number of employees to operate the plant, he said.

On Monday, Solar MW Energy Inc. and Ecosystem Solar Electric Corp. announced plans to build another solar power plant off of Lenwood Road near Barstow. Construction of the 54-acre site is expected to begin in 2009 and finish in 2010.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-03-07 12:15 AM
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1. I hope they recapture the steam and use that water over and over
again because ot the looming water shortages in the Southwest...
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-03-07 12:24 AM
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2. I would be very surprised if they didn't...
It's an excellent idea...

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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-03-07 01:01 AM
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3. I read that the mohave desert has enough sunlight to power all the needs of the country!
That is all it would take.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-03-07 02:05 AM
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4. Too bad that the Mojave has many endemic plants and animals
Covering the Mojave with solar panels is a nonstarter from a CEQA standpoint.
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-03-07 12:08 PM
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5. I know. But isn't amazing that that one area has enough power for everything the Us does right now?
In Germany, the government gave incentives to anyone who has enough space to put up solar panels, and they now have added solar to most farms, the tops of big buildings, and all along the highways. there is space if we look for it, and we don't need to destroy ecosystems to do it.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-03-07 12:19 PM
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6. Looks like they only get 3% of their power from solar
:P
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-03-07 12:37 PM
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7. They're going for 20% right now within the next few years.
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