Record Breaking Solar

Record-setting solar

The writing is on the wall; a sustainable planet for future generations depends on greater access to clean energy solutions today. Renewable energy sources currently account for a small part of our nation's energy supply, but the federal and state governments are setting ambitious clean energy goals in an effort to change that.

California is requiring that renewables make up at least 33% of its energy supply by 2020, making it the perfect backdrop for an innovative solution to this ongoing issue.

 

"[Meeting] all of the world's energy needs through solar, [will require only] using 1 part in 10,000 of the sunlight that falls on the earth¹."

- Ray Kurzweil, Inventor and Futurist.

¹Ray Kurzweil is in no way endorsing or related to NRG or it's projects

 

Leading the way

Solar energy usage is doubling every two years, and has been for two decades. That means, 13 years from now, solar power has the potential to meet 100% of the world's energy needs².

With that clean energy future in mind, NRG, Google, Bechtel and BrightSource worked together to build a large-scale solar installation that combined the latest technology with the best people in the energy business.

²Ray Kurzweil, Inventor and Futurist, Big Think's Today's Big Idea: Energy Abundance, Ray Kurzweil: Solar Will Power the World in 16 Years, (Mar. 17, 2011).

 
 

Inside the innovation

Ivanpah is three separate plants on 3,500 acres in the Mojave Desert, California. But, size alone didn't make this project a big step toward our clean energy future; it required a smarter approach. We created a state-of-the-art solar power system that generates 392 MW from 347,000 garage door-sized mirrors.

 

100% of the steam turbine's water is recycled

 
 

The power of people

The Ivanpah Solar Project opened in early 2014. It was a larger than life task that required help from the community and, in turn, boosted the local economy by creating:

  • 2,650 construction jobs
  • 65 operations jobs
  • 76 supply-chain jobs across 17 states

Going big

Once completed, Ivanpah became the largest concentrated solar thermal plant in the world and almost doubled the amount of commercial solar thermal energy generated in the United States.

 

4X the size New York's Central Park

 

"With projects like this one [Ivanpah]… we're putting Americans to work producing clean, home-grown American energy that will help lower our reliance on foreign oil and protect our planet for future generations."

- President Barack Obama, Weekly address, October 2, 2010

 

Securing our future

NRG, with BrightSource and Google, set the bar for how to innovate, work with the community and use smart technology to lead the way to our clean energy future.

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