“We are extremely proud to be recognized by CSP Today for our efforts at Blythe. From the outset of the project planning process, we have worked diligently with the local Blythe community, regulatory agencies and environmental groups to develop and build the facility in the most environmentally sensitive manner possible,” said Uwe T. Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Solar Trust of America. “This multi-year process has included a number of land, water and wildlife mitigation efforts that will conserve and protect these precious resources in the Mojave Desert. ”
On June 17th, Solar Trust held groundbreaking ceremonies at the Blythe site that included U.S. Department of Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, California Governor Jerry Brown and a number of local, state and federal agency representatives.
Upon completion, the multi-billion dollar Blythe Concentrating Solar Power Project will deliver 1,000 megawatts of nominal generating capacity, or enough electricity to power 300,000 home annually, making it the first solar facility to compare in scale to the largest coal and nuclear power plants. The project will create more than 1,000 local jobs during the construction period and approximately 200 maintenance and operations jobs once the facility is operational. The solar thermal project will also generate hundreds of millions of dollars throughout the U.S. supply chain during the construction phase.