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Secretary Salazar and Governor Schwarzenegger Participate in the Ivanpah Groundbreaking Ceremony


November 3, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, along with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, representatives from BrightSource Energy, and the Department of Energy, celebrated the groundbreaking of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, an innovative "power tower" project in San Bernardino County, California.

The project will generate 1,000 construction jobs and provide 370 megawatts of clean, renewable energy for up to 277,500 homes.


  • Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Ivanpah groundbreaking ceremony in San Bernardino County, California. Photo by: Tami Heilemann
    Secretary Salazar and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Secretary Salazar along with Governor Schwarzenegger and representatives from Bright Source Energy and the Department of Energy celebrate the groundbreaking of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Photo by: Tami Heilemann
    Secretary  Salazar and Governor Schwarzenegger at podium.
  • Secretary Salazar stands next to Governor Schwarzenegger as he holds the plague commemorating the groundbreaking for Ivanpah. Photo by: Tami Heilemann
    Secretary Salazar and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Secretary Salazar speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony. Ivanpah is one of the six large-scale solar energy projects the Secretary approved in the month of October as part of the Department’s ongoing commitment to the production of renewable energy on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Photo by: Tami Heilemann
    Secretary Salazar at podium.
  • Secretary Salazar speaking at the Ivanpah groundbreaking ceremony. Also pictured, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo by: Tami Heilemann
    Secretary Salazar speaking. Governor  Schwarzenegger applauding.
  • “With private sector initiative and government coordination and encouragement, we are helping to meet the President's goals for stimulating local economies, creating new jobs for American workers, reducing carbon emissions, promoting energy independence and strengthening our national security," Secretary Salazar said. Photo by: Tami Heilemann
    Secretary Salazar
  • Secretary Salazar and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Secretary  Salazar and Governor Schwarzenegger at podium.
  • Secretary Salazar and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Secretary Salazar at podium.
  • Secretary Salazar speaking. Governor  Schwarzenegger applauding.
  • Secretary Salazar