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Making Solar Power History at Ivanpah

February 14, 2014 - 6:00pm


The Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System was dedicated on Thursday, February 13, 2014. | Photo courtesy of Mingasson/Getty Images for Bechtel.

The Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System was dedicated on Thursday, February 13, 2014. | Photo courtesy of Mingasson/Getty Images for Bechtel.

Making Solar History at Ivanpah

On February 13, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz helped celebrate the official opening of Ivanpah, the world's largest concentrating solar power plant.

Storified by Energy Department ·
Fri, Feb 14 2014 22:58:02

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located in the Mojave Desert in southern California, uses a field of mirrors called heliostats to focus sunlight onto boilers at the top of three 459-foot tall towers. The boilers create steam that's used to spin turbines -- generating enough electricity to power nearly 100,000 homes. Yesterday, Ivanpah officially began supplying power to the grid.

Thrilled to announce: #Ivanpah is fully operational & delivering #solar power to California! Follow us, more to come! ·
NRG Energy, Inc.

World's largest solar plant started producing electricity today ☀️ #solar #solarpower #electricity #power #powerplant #ivanpah #sun #sustainable #light #beautiful #design #unitedstates images via #gizmodo ·
Shape & Space
Ivanpah was supported by $1.6 billion in investments from the Energy Department's Loan Programs Office. It represents the future of energy -- utility-scale renewable power generation that uses the latest technology to harness the sun where it is most abundant.

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Energy Department
Secretary Moniz toured the Ivanpah facility on Thursday morning.

.@ErnestMoniz gives a shout out for the sunglasses we provided - the future of #solar IS bright! #Ivanpah ·
NRG Energy, Inc.

I am honored today to help dedicate #Ivanpah, the world's largest solar thermal energy facility. ·
Ernest Moniz
Later, the Secretary took to Twitter to share his thoughts on why Ivanpah is a significant milestone on the road to America's clean energy future.
Meanwhile, "solar selfies" spread across social media as lucky visitors took photos of their reflections in Ivanpah's heliostats. 

Ivanpah Solar Energy Plant #GrandOpening #SolarSelfie #Ivanpah #reflection ·
Arcade Creative Group

A selfie in silhouette, at #ivanpah, the giant solar thermal plant in the Mojave ·
Diane Cardwell

"I live in a house of mirrors" Jimi #solar #selfie #ivanpah #solarenergy #arcadecg #mirrors ·
Adam Owett

Heliostats at #ivanpah ·
Cali living, etc. via 📲
Secretary Moniz delivered remarks at the Ivanpah dedication ceremony, as did NRG Energy CEO David Crane and Isaac Slade, lead singer of The Fray -- who filmed their latest music video at Ivanpah.

Dr Ernest #Moniz #secretaryofenergy #obamaadministration launching world's largest #solarenergy field #ivanpah #arcadecg ·
Adam Owett

Isaac of @TheFray to Sec. @ErnestMoniz: "That is some power hair you have there. I'd like to get some tips" #Ivanpah ·
NRG Media

NRG CEO David Crane and Secretary of Energy Ernie Monitz at #ivanpah ·
And, of course, a ribbon cutting made it official.

And it's official! #Ivanpah #solar ·
NRG Energy, Inc.

#Solar is the future. Isaac Slade from @thefray and @energy sec. Moniz agree #ivanpah ·
NRG Energy
The White House and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell helped share the news about Ivanpah.
It was a great day for the photogenic facility. Check out our Facebook photo gallery to see more -- or take a virtual tour from your desk.

The world's largest solar plant went live today! More deets about it at the link in my bio #ivanpah #california #westcoast #solarpower #solarenergy #google #renewableenergy #cleanenergy #akron #worldslargest #ecofriends #newnew #sustainableenergy #steampowered #lowkey #greenparty #voltreport ·
Kenneth Arthur Sanders