DOE offers Blythe loan guarantee

The Department of Energy has said it is offering $2.1 billion in conditional loan aid to support the Blythe Solar Power Project in California.

The loan guarantee would support Units 1 and 2 of the 484 MW solar thermal power plant that is being developed by Solar Trust of America LLC.

The Blythe parabolic solar trough project is being built on federal lands in the California desert. The Blythe project would be one of the largest solar power plants in the world upon completion.

Blythe Solar is being constructed on a site 216 miles east of Los Angeles. The facility will use parabolic mirrors to focus the sun’s energy onto tubes that carry heated oil to a boiler, which sends steam to a turbine. Solar Millennium LLC. agreed to fund conservation measures protecting the desert tortoise and Mojave fringe-toed lizard in return for permission to build the Blythe project on public land.

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