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PRIMM, NV - JULY 23: The three towers at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System are shown in operation on July 23, 2014 in the Mojave Desert in California near Primm, Nevada. The largest solar thermal power-tower system in the world, owned by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy, opened earlier this year in the Ivanpah Dry Lake and uses 347,000 computer-controlled mirrors to focus sunlight onto boilers on top of three 459-foot towers, where water is heated to produce steam to power turbines providing power to more than 140,000 California homes. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Ivanpah Gets a Breather

Troubled California solar unit given flexibility

California regulators have given the owners of the Ivanpah solar plant a year to sort out issues stemming from its inability to deliver promised power to PG&E, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"The California Public Utilities Commission approved without discussion forbearance agreements that would give the owners of the plant, BrightSource Energy Inc., NRG Energy Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit, up to a year to work out its problems," the Journal reported

The $2.2 billion plant received about $1.5 billion in federal loans.

The future of renewables in California will be broadly considered at The California Renewables Rush conference in San Francisco on April 6.



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