Foundation stone laid for Blythe solar power plant

<b>At some point in the future, four 242 MW solar thermal power stations will generate electricity on an area of 27.5 km2. The first two power plants are already under construction.</b><br><i>Photo: Solar Millennium</i><br><br><br>
At some point in the future, four 242 MW solar thermal power stations will generate electricity on an area of 27.5 km2. The first two power plants are already under construction.
Photo: Solar Millennium


Here, Solar Trust of America, a subsidiary of Germany's Solar Millennium AG, is to build solar thermal power stations with a total capacity of up to 1,000 MW. After the construction permit was granted in autumn 2010, building work started in December. Initially, two 242 MW power plants are to be built, which will go on-grid in 2014.

A few weeks ago, Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy, made a conditional commitment for credit guaranties by the US government worth $ 2.1 billion, which are essential in order to get the financing for investments in large solar plants. In total, $ 2.7 billion will be invested in the two power stations.

Dr. Christoph Wolff, CEO of Solar Millennium AG, said, "Blythe marks not only a milestone for Solar Millennium, but also for the successful history of solar energy in general. For the first time, we are utilizing solar energy in power stations with capacities equalling those of nuclear power or major coal-fired power plants. I am pleased that we are able to make our contribution to achieving California’s ambitious climate protection targets as well as supporting the local economy. I would like to thank all those who contributed to this achievement through their unceasing commitment and trust".

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