Ivanpah Project will be the first of several solar thermal power
projects BrightSource is developing to serve the growing California
market. The Plants will connect to the California power grid through
the Southern California Edison 115 kV system via a new substation to be
built for the project.
WorleyParsons is providing engineering support to BrightSource
Energy during the Evaluate and Define phases including support for the
California Energy Commission (CEC) - Application for Certification
process and other project development tasks. This includes the
conceptual design of the high voltage transmission interconnections,
conceptual grading and drainage, and developing a turnkey Engineering,
Procure and Construct specification.
The Ivanpah project is WorleyParsons’ first solar thermal CEC AFC
engineering support project as well as our first Define phase project
in 20+ years. Although California is the world leader in solar thermal
generation a lot has changed since the last solar thermal project was
permitted and constructed in California. WorleyParsons was able to
leverage our extensive and recent experience with permitting and
constructing natural gas fired gas turbine plants in California to
reduce BrightSource’s permitting risk and eventual total installed
cost. When the project is complete, it will be the first commercial
solar central receiver system in the United States.