BrightSource Energy

BrightSource Energy, Inc. provides clean, reliable and low cost solar energy for util­ity and industrial companies worldwide.


Location: 
Oakland, CA
Type: 
VC-Funded Company
Category: 
Solar

News and Stories:
Just 3 Years Later, BrightSource’s Flagship Solar Plant Comin’ Soon August 4, 2010.
BrightSource Brings In Massive $150M for Solar Thermal.. May 20, 2010.


BrightSource Energy, Inc. provides clean, reliable and low cost solar energy for util­ity and industrial companies worldwide. The BrightSource team combines nearly three decades of experience designing, building, and operating the world’s larg­est solar energy plants with world-class project development capabilities. Bright­Source’s solar plants lead the industry in environmental design and help custom­ers reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Headquartered in Oakland, Calif., BrightSource Energy is a privately held company with operations in the United States, Israel and Australia.

The company is actively developing more than 4GW of solar power projects in Southwestern states – enough to power 1.4 million homes. BrightSource now has more than 2.6 gigawatts of power under contract, including the two largest solar power agreements ever – 1,300 megawatts with Southern California Edison and 1,310 megawatts with Pacific Gas & Electric Company. The company’s Solar Energy Development Center in Israel’s Negev Desert is demonstrating BrightSource’s Luz Power Tower (LPT) 550 technology and producing the world’s highest temperature and pressure solar thermal steam.

BrightSource Energy has raised capital from the following venture capital firms:

  • DBL Investors
  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Hazel Capital
  • Riverwood Capital
  • VantagePoint

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BrightSource is the overall winner of the GoingGreen 100 private companies of 2009.

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