BrightSource ices 500MW Hidden Hills

A worker at work building the Ivanpah power-tower facility in California. Picture credit: BrightSource Energy

A worker at the Ivanpah power-tower facility, which will remain a BrightSource focus

BrightSource Energy has iced plans for its 500MW Hidden Hills power-tower project in eastern California, in another sign of the headwinds facing the concentrating solar power (CSP) sector.

BrightSource, which counts Alstom among its key backers, cited challenges in meeting the delivery schedule and the lack of clarity on needed transmission upgrades as the reasons behind its decision.

The utility Pacific Gas & Edison simultaneously binned its plan to buy power from Hidden Hills, which was slated for completion in 2015.

Coming less than three months after BrightSource quietly suspended plans for its 500MW Rio Mesa project in California, the shelving of Hidden Hills further suggests a reining-in of the company’s mid-term ambitions amid lingering questions about the future commercial viability of CSP.

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