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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Project Now Operational

NRG Energy, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar, LLC, announced that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is now operational and delivering solar electricity to California customers. At full capacity, the facility’s trio of 450-foot high towers produces a gross total of 392MW of solar power, enough electricity to provide 140,000 homes.

Ivanpah is a joint effort between NRG, Google and BrightSource Energy. Bechtel is the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor on the project. The project received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office. The facility achieved commercial operation on December 31, 2013. NRG will be the plant’s operator.

Ivanpah, which accounts for nearly 30% of all solar thermal energy currently operational in the U.S., is the largest solar project of its kind in the world. 

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