Evolution of Ivanpah Solar
THE EVOLUTION OF IVANPAH SOLAR
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, under construction in the Mojave Desert, is making a compelling physical statement about our collective ability to shift from a society based on coal, petroleum and nuclear energy to one that embraces sustainable energy production. When completed in late 2013, Ivanpah Solar will be the world's largest concentrated solar thermal power plant. 344,000 mirrors will focus the sun's energy toward three towers creating 392 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 US homes.
Green projects such as Ivanpah Solar also raise challenging questions about land and resource use, while exposing contradictions and differing perspectives within the larger environmental movement. Long-term photographic studies of infrastructure projects, especially those relating to sustainability initiatives, contribute to an important dialogue about our relationship with planet Earth.
In late 2010, I initiated an aerial survey of Ivanpah Solar, which will continue through 2013. I intend for the finished project to become both an exhibition and a book, and will pursue editorial interest in the work.