Bureau Veritas has been selected to act as delegate chief building official for the Ivanpah Solar Power Complex project. The complex, which is owned by BrightSource Energy, will be the first large-scale solar thermal project built in California in nearly two decades and will be the world’s largest once it is completed.
“We are excited to work on a project that will help meet the energy needs of California, while utilizing a modern, environmentally friendly energy source to preserve California’s beauty and quality of life,” said Kevin Wedman, VP of power and utilities at Bureau Veritas.
The Ivanpah Solar Power Complex, which will be approximately 400MW, will consist of three separate plants and provide electricity to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California.
The complex will employ a closed-loop dry-cooling technology, reducing water use by 90%. The plant’s design will also cut major air pollutants by 85% compared to new natural gas-fired power plants.
“The completion of this project will be monumental in the energy production industry,” said Pedro Guimaraes, CEO of Bureau Veritas North America. “California continues to lead the promotion of environmentally-friendly energy production, and we look forward to providing experienced, dependable building inspection and code compliance services for this important project.”
The project is expected to be complete by mid-2012.