Ivanpah at full power in California

US energy secretary Ernest Moniz calls Ivanpah “a shining example

US energy secretary Ernest Moniz calls Ivanpah “a shining example "

NRG Energy’s 392MW Ivanpah has been brought fully on line in the California desert, representing a huge milestone for the concentrating solar power (CSP) sector even as contemplates what appears to be a fast-dwindling opportunity in the US.

Based on BrightSource Energy’s power-tower technology, and with Bechtel having acted as EPC contractor, Ivanpah is the largest CSP plant in the world and the first power-tower project in the US.

Ivanpah first flowed electricity onto the grid last autumn, and will sell its output under a duo of PPAs with Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. NRG Yield – the “yieldco” spun off of NRG Energy last year – has the first right to buy Ivanpah should it choose to do so.

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