BrightSource Energy and Shanghai Electric Group Company are partnering with each other to form a new joint venture that will focus on building utility-scale CSP power plants in China, according to a recent email sent to CleanTechnica.
The joint venture’s first two projects are already lined up — two 135 MW CSP projects being developed as part of the first phase of the Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Generation Project, which is owned (mostly) by Huanghe Hydropower Development Company (Huanghe).
To be specific — the new joint venture will utilize the resources of the two companies to handle the engineering, procurement, and construction services for contracted CSP projects utilizing BrightSource’s solar power tower technology in the country.
The announcement of the new partnership and joint venture was made via a signing ceremony — one witnessed by the US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce H Andrews — during the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing.
“Concentrated solar thermal power with integrated thermal energy storage is a cost effective way to bring reliable, dispatchable renewable energy to the grid today,” stated David Ramm, CEO of BrightSource Energy. “By partnering with Shanghai Electric we will deploy our best-in-class solar thermal technology to help China meet its growing energy needs and emissions-reduction goals.”
As stated before, the first two projects are already lined up — two CSP plants part of the Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Generation Project — but these are very likely going to be followed by a further four 135 MW CSP tower power plants as part of the same project (for a total of six towers).
These first two facilities are expected to begin construction sometime next year and be completed and online by 2017.
“This joint venture is an important milestone for BrightSource as we progress to become a global technology provider that also offers development support and engineering and operational services,” Ramm continued.
Image Credit: BrightSource Energy
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