Google has invested $ 168 million in a new solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert, developed by BrightSource Energy.
The Ivanpah Solar Power Generation System (ISEGS) will produce 392 MW of gross solar power, which, according to google, is equivalent to taking over 90,000 cars off the road over the 25-year life of the plant.
âWe are excited about Ivanpah because our investment will help deploy compelling solar power technology that delivers reliable clean energy with the potential to dramatically reduce costs for future projects,â said Rick Needham, director of green business operations.
Ivanpah’s electric tower will be approximately 138 meters high and will use 173,000 heliostats, each with two mirrors.
It will be the first electric tower on such a large scale. The engineering firm Bechtel has started construction, which is due to be completed in 2013.
The project will also be funded by NRG, along with clean energy technology loan guarantees provided by the US Department of Energy.
Google has invested more than $ 250 million in the clean energy sector to date, making this the largest investment to date. The company recently invested 3.5 million euros in a solar PV plant in Germany, its first clean energy investment outside the United States.