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Published on August 10th, 2009 | by Mariella Moon

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eSolar Officially Launches California's Sierra SunTower Plant

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August 10th, 2009 by
 
eSolar SolarTower in Lancaster, California

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After less than a year of construction, the Sierra SunTower Plant that’s touted the first of its kind in the USA was finally officially launched by eSolar.

Located in Lancaster, California, this is the first eSolar concentrating solar thermal power plant with 24,000 mirrors instead of the company’s usual 12,000. The entire plant was built less than a year through the use of eSolar’s pre-fabricated components. Within that span of time, the plant’s heliostat mirrors have been utilized in various occasions, not to harness energy, but to greet the company CEO on his birthday and celebrate USA’s Independence Day. As was intended by Southern California Edison and eSolar, the 5-megawatt Sierra SunTower plant was connected to the grid this August 5 to power 4,000 homes in California’s Antelope Valley.

This is the first among several similar projects planned for California, although eSolar has plans outside of the state as well, including a 92-megawatt plant in southern New Mexico. The company claims it even has plans for solar thermal projects outside the United States; to start, it has licensed its technology to the ACME Group from India that will build a one-gigawatt project in the country.

“Today, we unveil a new blueprint for solar energy – one that leverages Moore’s law rather than more steel,” said Bill Gross, CEO of eSolar. “Sierra is just the beginning. Soon eSolar technology will be deployed worldwide to provide clean, affordable energy to hundreds of thousands of homes.”

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  • BIG JOHN

    I KNOW THE LOCATION FOR THE SIERRA TOWERS,i WORKED THERE i RAN CONDUIT AND RAN WIRE THOUGHT THE PLANT.TAKE THE iNTERSTATE 14 DRIVE PAST PALMDALE GOING NORTH TOWARDS THE END OF LANCASTER EXIT G STREET GO RIGHT ON THE EXIT GO ABOUT A MILE ,YOU’LL SEE IT TOWARDS YOUR RIGHT

  • Manolo

    Please, could anybody let me know where is exactly Sierra SunTower located at?

    Thanks so much in advance.

    Regards.

  • Manolo

    Please, could anybody let me know where is exactly Sierra SunTower located at?

    Thanks so much in advance.

    Regards.

  • http://www.rentinaix.com Aix

    I find it fascinating how quickly this was made and how much power can be pulled out of it. I think that every building in Manhattan should be required to put solar panels on the roof and eventually all commercial buildings as well. Instead of having black roofs that just soak up heat energy and waste it, they could gather much more energy and use it to power much of their electrical needs.

  • http://www.rentinaix.com Aix

    I find it fascinating how quickly this was made and how much power can be pulled out of it. I think that every building in Manhattan should be required to put solar panels on the roof and eventually all commercial buildings as well. Instead of having black roofs that just soak up heat energy and waste it, they could gather much more energy and use it to power much of their electrical needs.

  • greengirl

    This is exciting… not only the sheer possibility of solar energy as a primary source for the United States, but how quickly this facility was built and now up and running.

    I was reading about plans for a company that plans to do something similar on the east coast, in New York…really cool to think about not only the obvious energy benefits that would come with this, but the jobs that would be created with this project: http://www.greenchipstocks.com/articles/solar-new+york-david+patterson/402

  • greengirl

    This is exciting… not only the sheer possibility of solar energy as a primary source for the United States, but how quickly this facility was built and now up and running.

    I was reading about plans for a company that plans to do something similar on the east coast, in New York…really cool to think about not only the obvious energy benefits that would come with this, but the jobs that would be created with this project: http://www.greenchipstocks.com/articles/solar-new+york-david+patterson/402

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