Tessera Solar has won the opportunity to develop solar thermal power plants in Riverside County, California up to 500MW. Tessera plans to collaborate with Optiflex Properties & Development for the development and the financing of the power plants. Most would be set up on old landfills and undeveloped properties, using about 3,500 acres of land.
The company’s representative Janette Coates did not disclose the costs of the overall project and the developers still have not worked out a lease agreement with the county. Construction is planned to start between 2010-2012, after which Tessera and Optiflex would sell electricity to consumers throughout the state. The companies have not yet announced any power sales agreements.