BrightSource May Buy Dormant Palen Solar Project | KCET
BrightSource May Buy Dormant Palen Solar Project
BrightSource is currently building the $1.6 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System south of Las Vegas, and has active proposals for new projects near Pahrump, NV and Blythe, CA. If the court grants the request, BrightSource would become the stalking-horse bidder on the project, on which open bidding is scheduled to begin on June 21. BrightSource would thus gain an advantage in the open bidding.
Though the 5,200-acre Palen project has received the go-ahead from the state and lacks only final approval from the BLM, the permit status of the plant should BrightSource acquire it is not at all certain. BrightSource plants use solar power tower technology, which is quite different from the parabolic trough setup Solar Trust had planned. It may be that the California Energy Commission asks BrightSource to head at least part of the way back to the drawing board before approving a new configuration.
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