California Edison and BrightSource Energy have agreed on a series of contracts
for 1,300 megawatts of clean solar thermal power ― enough to serve nearly
845,000 homes. The first of these solar power
plants, sized at 100 megawatts and located in Ivanpah, Calif., could be
operating in early 2013 and is expected to produce 286,000 megawatt-hours of
renewable electricity per year.
The agreement requires approval
from the California Public Utilities Commission. BrightSource will build and
place in commercial operation each of its plants as quickly as permitting and infrastructure
allow. According to the company, the full 1,300 megawatts of projects
will produce 3.7 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy and avoid more than two
million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually – the equivalent of removing
more than 335,000 cars from the road.