1-GW Blythe Solar Project Breaks Ground
In Riverside County, Calif., construction began in June on the first phase of the Blythe Solar Power Project. Blythe consists of two 500-megawatt (MW) parabolic trough concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, California Gov. Jerry Brown and representatives from Solar Trust of America were present for the groundbreaking ceremony.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), provided a $2.1 billion loan guarantee to help finance the project’s $2.8 billion price tag. That’s $2.80 per watt.
At completion in 2014, Blythe is expected to be the world’s largest solar project, of any technology.