BrightSource, Shanghai Electric Plan China Solar Projects

BrightSource Energy Inc. and Shanghai Electric Group Co. plan to build two 135-megawatt solar thermal power plants in China, the first proposal under a joint venture to develop utility-scale projects.

Located in western China’s Qinghai province, the power plants will use technology developed by BrightSource that reflects sunlight from mirrors onto a tower that creates steam to drive generators. Construction will begin in 2015 with completion set for 2017, Oakland, California-based BrightSource said today in a statement.

The plants represent the first phase of the Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Generation Project, which will eventually include six solar thermal towers. Terms weren’t disclosed.

The agreement with Shanghai Electric, a power generation and transmission equipment company, was signed yesterday as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.

Huanghe Hydropower Development, a unit of China Power Investment Corp., is the majority owner of the Qinghai Delingha project.