Washington D.C., United States — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 13 January 2011 – Encouraging rapid and responsible development of renewable energy in the United States is a significant part of President Barack Obama’s energy policy, and an important step towards that goal has been taken with the launching of the Ivanpah electric generating system “’ an innovative ‘power tower’ project in San Bernardino County, California.
“Ivanpah is an outstanding example of the progress we are making in building a renewable energy economy,” said secretary of the interior Ken Salazar, who took part in groundbreaking ceremonies along with California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, and representatives of the developer of the project, BrightSource Energy.
Using thermal solar technology, the Ivanpah project will generate 1 000 construction jobs and provide 370MW of clean, renewable energy for up to 270 500 homes.
Ivanpah is one of six large-scale solar energy projects approved recently by the secretary of the interior as part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to the production of renewable energy on lands administered by the department’s Bureau of Land Management.
Combined, the six projects will produce 2 837MW of energy “’ enough to power from 850 000 to over 2 million homes, as well as providing 3 700 new construction jobs and more than 600 permanent plant operation positions.
“With private sector initiative and government coordination and encouragement,” said secretary Salazar, “we are helping to meet the President’s goals for stimulating local economies, creating new jobs for American workers, reducing carbon emissions, promoting energy independence and strengthening national security.”