Solar plant in Mojave Desert to start construction

The nearly $2-billion project is the first of its kind to be built on federal land and also the first to have slogged through myriad environmental, financial and technical issues that future solar projects are likely to face as well.

“There are so many precedents being set, since we’re the first ones through the hoop on this,” said Todd Stewart, the development manager for the project, known as the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.