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Ivanpah solar plant starts delivering electricity (pictures)

A solar thermal plant -- owned by NRG Energy, Google, and BrightSource Energy -- is pumping power to California's electric grid.

10 Images By February 13, 2014


Big solar Ivanpah project gets green light

Bureau of Land Management issues final approval, paving way for BrightSource to build concentrating solar thermal plant in southern California meant to supply 140,000 homes.

By October 7, 2010


Google invests in giant BrightSource solar project

Large-scale Ivanpah solar project gets $168 million from Google and finalizes $1.6 billion Department of Energy loan guarantee for three utility-scale concentrating solar plants in California.

By April 11, 2011


World's largest solar thermal plant is on the grid

The "tower power" plant, which uses more than 300,000 mirrors to reflect sunlight, starts delivering electricity to customers in California.

By February 13, 2014


Solar upstart BrightSource Energy files to go public

The utility-scale solar thermal company seek to raise $250 million from IPO, testing the investors' appetite for its technology and risks in developing projects.

By April 25, 2011


Utility NRG buys into giant California solar plant

NRG Solar is teaming up with BrightSource Energy and plans to invest over $300 million to build the world's largest commercial solar thermal energy farm.

By October 27, 2010


BrightSource Energy eyes second large solar plant

Solar power plant seeks proposal to pack in more power per square foot with an updated design meant to address concerns over the environmental impact of utility-scale renewable energy systems.

By August 8, 2011


Greek isle taps BrightSource for solar

The island of Crete is building a 38-megwatt plant using BrightSource thermal solar technology.

By January 20, 2011


Solar firm BrightSource cancels IPO

The builder of solar thermal projects blames "adverse market conditions" for its pulling the offering, which was expected to occur this week.

By April 11, 2012


California solar project gets $1.4 billion U.S. guarantee

The U.S. gives its biggest backing yet to a renewable energy project, guaranteeing loans for a California development that uses the sun's heat to power a steam turbine.

By February 22, 2010