Visit one of the world’s largest solar projects from your couch?
For those of you curious to see the progress at BrightSource’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in California’s Mojave Desert up close, but leery of the hot Mojave sun, we have great news. Now you can visit Ivanpah from your computer. A new virtual tour of the Ivanpah project brings the world’s largest solar thermal plant to life on the web.
The Ivanpah virtual tour is a collection of images stitched together to offer dramatic 360° views of this truly iconic project. Visitors can explore eight landmarks, including each of the project’s three towers, the solar field and the exteriors and interiors of Heliostat Assembly and Pad Bonding Buildings, among others. Featuring images of the project taken in April 2013, the iconic Ivanpah tour is a great, carbon-free way to see the future of renewable energy take shape.
BrightSource’s solar thermal system started construction in October 2010 and is the first project that will deliver power to serve the company’s signed contracts with PG&E and Southern California Edison. The project has investors including NRG Solar and Google and is a 377-MW net solar complex using mirrors to focus the power of the sun on solar receivers atop power towers.The project is being constructed by Bechtel.