Following recent news that environmentalists lobbied to have a solar energy project cancelled in Californiadue to fears it would ruin protected land in the Mojave Desert,BrightSource, the company in question, made its announcement today thatit has other plans up its sleeve –– to expand its output in anotherstate:
From a press release: “BrightSource Energy, Inc., developer oflarge-scale solar thermal power plants, announced recently that it hasreached a preliminary agreement with Nevada’s Coyote Springs LandCompany to provide the sites for up to 960 megawatts of clean andreliable solar thermal energy to the California and Nevada markets.
According to the release, the agreement expands upon thepreviously-announced private land agreement that BrightSource made withCoyote in March 2009 to provide sites for up to 600 megawatts of solarthermal power.
The Coyote Springs project is part of BrightSource Energy’s diversesite development strategy in California, Nevada, Arizona and NewMexico, including its first project located in Ivanpah, California.
The Ivanpah project is in the final permitting stages with theCalifornia Energy Commission and the Bureau of Land Management, and isexpected to begin construction in early 2010.
“The Coyote Springs Lands are a great addition to our growing anddiverse portfolio of sites suitable for solar thermal projects,” saidJohn Woolard, President and CEO for BrightSource Energy.
“We are pleased that BrightSource Energy has increased the size ofits land commitment and supporting our national and state prioritiesfor expansion of renewable energy,” said Harvey Whittemore, founder ofCoyote Springs and chairman of Coyote Springs Land Company Our nationaland state leaders are to be commended for having created an environmentwhere this can take place in our state.”
The size of the site has now expanded to include atwelve-square-mile area within the larger Coyote Springs development inLincoln County.
The site is located on private property near transmission lines and,as part of the broader development site, has already receivedenvironmental permits from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish andWildlife and various other federal, state and county agencies. Thepower generated from the Coyote Springs site could meet demandgenerated in the Coyote Springs development, southern Nevada, as wellas deliver power to California.
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