As has been noted by many leaders inside and outside the solar industry, the United States is becoming a global leader in solar energy — demonstrated by a new industry report which found that U.S. utility-scale solar set a record with 2.3 gigawatts installed in 2013. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System not only supplies clean energy to American businesses and families, but also marks another important step in America’s movement to a clean energy future.
In Ivanpah Dry Lake, Calif., Secretary Moniz and Peter Davidson, executive director of the Loan Programs Office, will join with Tom Doyle, CEO, NRG Solar; Toby Seay, President, Bechtel’s power global business unit; David Ramm, CEO, Brightsource Energy; Rick Needham, Director of Energy and Sustainability, Google; and David Crane, CEO, NRG to tour the Ivanpah facility. Later, the Secretary will deliver keynote remarks as part of the formal dedication event.
The Ivanpah project is the largest solar thermal energy facility in the world with 392 MW of capacity — enough to power more than 94,400 average American homes. The project was financed with a $1.6 billion loan guarantee provided by the Energy Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO).
It was completed through the successful public-private partnership between the Energy Department and the project sponsors and engineering, procurement and construction firm — NRG, BrightSource, Google and Bechtel.