Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System CSP Project

This page provides information on Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System CSP project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Project Overview

Power Station: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
Location: Primm, NV
California United States
Owners (%): NRG, Brightsource, Google
Technology Power Tower
Solar Resource: 2768
Nominal Capacity: 377 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2014

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2010
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 1079
Lat/Long Location 35.552,-115.459
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 14.2


Developer BrightSource
EPC Bechtel Engineering
Electricity Generation Offtaker Pacific Gas & Electric; Southern California Edison
Construction Job Years 1896
Annual Operations Jobs 90


Total Construction Cost (2014) $ 2200.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $2339.89 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 6206.6
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.19
Levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital and a 25 year payback period, capacity dependent O&M (1.5% of investment cost per year), deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or construction then not deflated (assumed cost year 2020)
Remuneration USD/kWh 0.14
Remuneration Start Year 2014
Remuneration USD/kWh Deflated (2020) 0.14
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 25
Support Scheme Type PPA
Concessional Funding or Other Support Federal Loan Guarantee $1.6 billion, 30% investment tax credit

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 2600000
# of Heliostats (or dishes for dish systems) 173500
Heliostat Aperture Area (m²) (or dish aperature for dish systems) 15
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer Brightsource
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Brightsource
Collector/Heliostat Model Brightsource
Mirror Manufacturer Guardian
Mirror Model EcoGuard Solar Boost

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Water
Receiver Working Fluid Category Water
Tower Height (m) 140
Receiver Manufacturer Riley
Receiver Model Solar receiver steam generator

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 377 MW
Turbine Manufacturer Siemens
Turbine Model SST-900
Power Cycle Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure (Bar) 160
Cooling Type Dry

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