Global services company Bureau Veritas has been selected to lead the construction of the Ivanpah Solar Power Complex Project in California, US.

Owned by low-cost energy provider BrightSource Energy, the Ivanpah Solar Power Complex will be the first large-scale solar thermal project built in California in nearly two decades and the world’s largest once it is completed in mid-2012.

The approximately 400MW Ivanpah Solar Power Complex will consist of three separate plants and provide electricity to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California.

The complex will employ a closed-loop dry-cooling technology, reducing water use by 90%.

Upon completion, it is expected the complex will nearly double the amount of commercial solar thermal electricity currently produced in the US.

Veritas will act as elected Delegate Chief Building Official for the solar project, which has also been designed to cut major air pollutants by 85% compared to new natural gas-fired power plants.