Feeds

California inches toward 300 megawatt solar plant

Ancient Mayans could care less

SANS - Survey on application security programs

The California Energy Commission has accepted a construction application from solar startup BrightSource Energy to build a 300 megawatt solar plant in the high desert — the first large solar thermal facility proposed for California in 16 years.

The 3,400-acre complex would be built near Ivanpah Dry Lake in San Bernardino County, near the Nevada border.

The commission voted 4-0 to begin a 12-month licensing process for the solar plant, gushing that the hundreds of pages detailing the construction proposal were "data adequate."

According to environmental blog Green Wombat, BrightSource uses a solar technology called "distributed power tower," which focuses fields of sun-tracking mirrors onto a tower containing a water-filled boiler and turbine. The company is currently building a 7-megawatt plant in Israel to show the technology to investors.

If the next step is approved by the commission, construction would begin in early 2009, and it's targeted for completion by late 2012. (Some ancient Mayans would argue the world will end on 2012, so it doesn't matter anyway.) Construction costs are estimated at $300m.

In 2004, the energy commission set the goal to have California generate at least 33 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. It's also managing $350m for new residential building construction to foster renewable energy projects between 2007 and 2011. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?
Recruiting now for charity starvation diet
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday
Weather looking good for second pop at test flights
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Curiosity finds not-very-Australian-shaped rock on Mars
File under 'messianic pastries' and move on, people
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.