Ivanpah Unit 1 progress highlights
Construction continues at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, where temperatures remain hot, but are slowly dropping as fall gets underway. Key strides are being made at all three units of the project—here’s a view from above:
At Unit 1, the placement of structural steel continues as the power tower climbs higher. The tower is approximately 120 feet tall currently, and will reach 469-feet once built – as tall as some of the hotels in nearby Las Vegas, just across the California-Nevada border. The steel structure for each tier is assembled on the ground before being hoisted into place by a tower crane.
In the Unit 1 solar field, pylon installation continues— more than 50,000 pylons will be in place in the Unit 1 solar field once complete. Pylons are inserted directly into the ground, reducing the amount of grading required in the solar field and allowing vegetation to coexist with the solar field. No concrete is used in the installation of the pylons.
Stay tuned for more updates on construction at all three solar units at Ivanpah.