Ivanpah Solar Energy Facility

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a concentrated solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert. It is located at the base of Clark Mountain in California, across the state line from Primm, Nevada. The plant has a gross capacity of 392 megawatts (MW).  It deploys 173,500 heliostats, each with two mirrors focusing solar energy on boilers located on three centralized solar power towers.

The facility, costing $2.2 billion was developed by BrightSource Energy and Bechtel.  The Ivanpah solar thermal power system uses BrightSource’s proven solar tower technology to produce clean, reliable solar electricity to more than 140,000 homes. Located in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, the three-unit power system is built on approximately 3,500 acres.

Tuck Mapping Solutions provided aerial LiDAR data to support the design phase of this vast solar energy facility.