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Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

MW of solar thermal power
Office: Sacramento, Reading and Chattanooga, USA 
Customer: BrightSource Energy, Inc. 
Location: California, USA 
Timeframe: 2007 - 2009 
BrightSource Energy, Inc. plans to provide 400 MW of renewable power to the California electric grid from three solar thermal power plants to help meet the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) goal of 20% renewable power by the year 2010.

The Ivanpah Project will be the first of several solar thermal power projects BrightSource is developing to serve the growing California market. The Plants will connect to the California power grid through the Southern California Edison 115 kV system via a new substation to be built for the project.

WorleyParsons is providing engineering support to BrightSource Energy during the Evaluate and Define phases including support for the California Energy Commission (CEC) - Application for Certification process and other project development tasks. This includes the conceptual design of the high voltage transmission interconnections, conceptual grading and drainage, and developing a turnkey Engineering, Procure and Construct specification.

The Ivanpah project is WorleyParsons’ first solar thermal CEC AFC engineering support project as well as our first Define phase project in 20+ years. Although California is the world leader in solar thermal generation a lot has changed since the last solar thermal project was permitted and constructed in California. WorleyParsons was able to leverage our extensive and recent experience with permitting and constructing natural gas fired gas turbine plants in California to reduce BrightSource’s permitting risk and eventual total installed cost. When the project is complete, it will be the first commercial solar central receiver system in the United States.

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