Blythe Area: BrightSource gives up on big solar project

Jul 7, 2013 Full story: The Press-Enterprise

Todd Stewart, project manager for BrightSource Energy Inc.'s Rio Mesa development near Blythe, leads a tour of the site in February 2012.

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#1 Jul 8, 2013
There seems to be some problem with these projects getting and keeping PPAs, Power Production Agreements. Even if you build the plant AND have a power corridor to get the generated product to market, there is no place to send the power to. It seems the McCoy project has had similar problems with PPAs. Then there's the former Solar Millennium project just west of Blythe. Now that Bright Source has bought out the project and changed the design from solar trough to solar PV, it becomes less important to build the site. If you want to power 350,000 homes with solar PV, put solar PV on the roofs of 350,000 homes. The power is generated where it is used and the total line and step up, step down losses are almost nil as compared to generating the power remotely and then "shipping it to market."

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