BrightSource Energy’s new project is the world’s largest solar thermal Mojave Desert, the new Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is designed to do exactly that. Ivanpah utilizes proven solar thermal technology and a low environmental impact . An aerial view of a solar receiver and boiler atop a tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS) in the Mojave Desert in.

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You wonder what the heat and light do the wildlife in the area. Retrieved 18 March The New York Times.

View the discussion thread. The initial reports generatin high avian casualties have been disputed ever since initial reports surfaced. Forty-seven of the birds’ deaths were attributed to solar flux.

The project generated controversy because of the decision to build it on ecologically intact desert habitat. Solar power Energy in the United States.

But the jury is out on whether the massive complex, with megawatts of net generating capacity, should be viewed as a model for emerging sustainable energy systems in the desert Southwest and other global sunbelt regions.

Reviewed August 22, Magnificent, outstanding structure and design.

The location name “Ivanpah” derives from a nearby Union Pacific-SP railroad siding and ghost town that once served Ingeneeating National Parks Conservation Association NPCA issued a report on the project, citing water concerns, damage to visual resources, and impacts on important desert species.


While relocation of desert tortoises emerged as a major issue early on, forcing Bechtel to temporarily halt construction at one point, avian impacts may have a bigger effect in the end.

Here’s why that won’t change any time soon”. Department of Energy Loans Program Office. It relies ivwnpahsun-tracking mirrors that direct highly concentrated solar radiation at boilers sitting atop three foot-tall towers. Previous Next 1 2. Retrieved 4 March Will the world’s largest solar thermal plant be a blockbuster success or failure?

About Us Help Center. Solar thermal electricity production in California peaked at MW on that day, [52] up from MW on June 7 when two units were offline. Retrieved 21 June Retrieved 23 October Ivanpah solar plant near Nevada burns much natural gas, making it a greenhouse gas emitter under state law”. Solar power in the United States. Victim of its own success According to a CPUC report PDFbased on current contracts, California utilities are well on the way toward meeting their mandate of 25 percent renewable energy by eledtric, and interim requirement of 25 percent by Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar thermal power plant, is an unmissable sight on the Interstate 15 drive between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.


The receivers generate steam to drive specially adapted steam turbines. Retrieved 6 September How Speculation Trumped Fact at Ivanpah”. But a nearby golf course still uses more water than Ivanpah, according to BrightSource. In April, biologists working for the state estimated that 3, birds died at Ivanpah in the span of a year, many of them burned alive while flying through a part of the solar installment where air temperatures can reach 1, degrees Fahrenheit.


4 reasons the Ivanpah plant is not the future of solar

Fields of heliostat mirrors focus sunlight on receivers located on centralized solar power towers. I was amazed at the sight of the three huge towers which even in full sunlight look like powerful banks of lights. Based on irradiance, the intercepted solar energy flow is 2. Inthe natural gas consumption had decreased tomillion BTU, while the total energy output had increased toMWh.

Built by Bechtel Corp. On May 19,a small fire was reported when misaligned mirrors reflected sunlight into a level of Unit 3 tower not designed to collect power, requiring the tower to shut down for repairs. Retrieved October 22, This property is closed Report incorrect address Suggest edits.

The California Energy Commission issued a statement blaming this on “clouds, jet contrails and weather”.