|Israeli Company to Build Largest Solar Park in World in US|
By Amir Ben David
July 26, 2007
Israeli company to build largest solar park in world in US
Solel signs contract to build solar thermal technology plant
in California's Mojave Desert that will deliver 553 megawatts
of solar power
Israeli company Solel, which develops and implements solar
thermal technology, has signed a contract with Pacific Gas and
Electric Company to build the world's largest solar plant in
California's Mojave Desert.
The project will deliver 553 megawatts of solar power, the
equivalent of powering 400,000 homes, to PG&E’s customers in
northern and central California.
When fully operational in 2011, the Mojave Solar Park plant
will cover up to 6,000 acres in the Mojave Desert. Solel is
working closely with URS Corporation in the development of the
Mojave Solar Park, which when commercial will rely on 1.2
million mirrors and 317 miles of vacuum tubing to capture the
desert sun’s heat.
“We are thrilled to bring 553 MW of clean energy to
California,” said Avi Brenmiller, chief executive officer of
Solel Solar Systems. “Our proven solar technology means Solel
can economically turn the energy of the warm California sun
into clean power for the state’s homes and businesses.”
Meanwhile, plans to develop a similar project in Israel, where
sunlight is abundant, have so far been stalled due to
bureaucratic hurdles, and despite efforts by Solel and
Greenpeace Israel to promote such a project.
Only recently the Infrastructure Ministry and the Ministry of
the Environment decided that a solar plant would be built near Dimona.