Copper Mountain Solar Facility

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Copper Mountain Solar Facility
Nevada Solar One.jpg
Copper Mountain Solar 1 (at left)
Copper Mountain Solar Facility is located in Nevada
Copper Mountain Solar Facility
Location of Copper Mountain Solar Facility
Country United States
Location Boulder City, Nevada
Coordinates 35°47′N 114°59.5′W / 35.783°N 114.9917°W / 35.783; -114.9917Coordinates: 35°47′N 114°59.5′W / 35.783°N 114.9917°W / 35.783; -114.9917
Status Operational
Construction began January 2010
Commission date December 1, 2010
Construction cost $141 million
Owner(s) Sempra Generation
Solar farm
Type Flat-panel PV
Power generation
Units operational 775,000 First Solar panels
Nameplate capacity 150
Capacity factor 24%
Annual generation 316

The Copper Mountain Solar Facility is a 150 MWp[1] solar photovoltaic power plant in Boulder City, Nevada.[2] Sempra Generation announced on December 1, 2010 that it had finished the project and the facility was generating electricity. When the facility entered service, it was the largest photovoltaic plant in the U.S. at 58 MW.[3][4]

The expected output of 100 GW·h/year[5] from Copper Mountain Solar Facility has been sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).[2]

History[edit]

Sempra Generation built the plant from January 2010 to December 1, 2010,[3] at a cost of about $141 million.,[6] although it appears this is just for 48 MW expansion

At its construction peak more than 350 workers were installing the 775,000 First Solar panels on the 450-acre (180 ha) site.[2][4]

An expansion of the facility by more than 200 MW was approved in 2010.[3] On August 4, 2011, Sempra announced a plan to expand the facility by 92 MW to be online in January 2013 and another 58 MW to be added by 2015.[7]

Units[edit]

  • Solar 1 is the original 58 MW 1st phase with an expansion
  • Solar 2 is the under construction 150 MW phase 2, of which 92 MW is operational.[4][8]
  • Solar 3 is a proposed 220 MW phase 3[4]

Production[edit]

Generation in MWh
Year January February March April May June July August September October November December Total
2011 11,035 8,717 8,040 27,792
2012 9,097 9,070 11,362 11,718 13,272 12,522 17,260 20,241 24,976 25,570 24,501 20,018 199,608
2013 24,168 26,324 31,019 81,512
Total 308,911

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