BrightSource Energy Inc., a developer of large-scale solar thermal energy plants, has selected Bechtel as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the Ivanpah Solar Electricity Generating System. In addition, Bechtel Enterprises, the project development and financing arm of the Bechtel organization, will become an equity investor in all of the Ivanpah solar power plants.
Under the terms of a series of EPC agreements, Bechtel will provide EPC services for the Ivanpah System, a 440 MW solar power facility consisting of three separate solar thermal power plants in southeastern California.
The power generated from these solar plants will be sold under separate contracts established by BrightSource Energy with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE). BrightSource's contracts with PG&E and SCE total 2.6 GW.
The Ivanpah facility is scheduled to begin construction in early 2010 following final permitting by the California Energy Commission and the Bureau of Land Management.
SOURCE: BrightSource Energy