CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada developer Harvey Whittemore and
BrightSource Energy have reached an agreement on a solar-thermal
project that could provide up to 600 megawatts of power for
Whittemore's Coyote Springs development and other markets in Nevada
The project would be built on a six-square-mile site in Lincoln County near existing power transmission lines, and should be on line by 2012. Financial terms of the deal between Whittemore and Brightsource, based in Oakland, Calif., weren't disclosed.
BrightSource plans to set up a mirror field that will reflect sunlight onto a boiler to produce high-temperature steam. The steam runs into a turbine which generates electricity.
Coyote Springs, located about 50 miles north of Las Vegas along U.S. 93, eventually could have more than 150,000 homes plus a business district. There's already a golf course.