04 January 2013 12:01 GMT
22 December 2011 09:47 GMT
By Karl-Erik Stromsta in London
Tuesday, April 23 2013
NextEra, the largest renewables generator in the US, intends to build the project in four phases, starting with a 125MW stage set to enter construction by mid-2014, and finishing construction of the final 110MW element four years later.
Previously, Blythe was set to enter construction this year.
The changes were laid out in amended planning documents filed to the California Energy Commission.
Solar Trust of America (STA), the project’s original developer, and a subsidiary of bankrupt German concentrating solar power (CSP) specialist Solar Millennium, intended to build Blythe as eight 125MW parabolic-trough CSP plants.
It later changed its plans to include some PV, as the price of modules fell. After NextEra won the rights to Blythe last summer – following the demise of STA – the entire project was converted to PV.
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