Von Roll Holding AG has received an order of several power transformers from Bechtel. Von Roll’s power transformers will be used for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California. The project involves manufacturing and delivery of several 12 MVA and 150 MVA power transformers. The first transformers will be delivered in the second half of 2011. Bechtel provides engineering, procurement, and construction services for the Ivanpah solar facility.
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the world’s largest solar-thermal power plant project currently under construction. The solar facility is located in the Mojave Desert, 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas. It will double the amount of commercial solar thermal electricity produced in the U.S. today.
The power produced by Ivanpah, 370 MW of renewable energy, will be able to generate electricity for more than 140,000 homes, displacing around 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Construction of the complex, consisting of three separate solar thermal plants, started in October 2010. The first plant is planned to be connected to the electrical grid in mid-2012.
Matthias Oppermann, CEO of Von Roll Holding AG, said, “We are very proud to provide our power transformers for the world’s largest solar thermal power plant, Ivanpah, and thus make a contribution to the supply of green energy in the United States.”