Mojave Solar Project
|Mojave Solar Project|
|Location||Mojave Desert, California|
|Construction began||September 2011|
|Commission date||July 31, 2014 (planned)|
|CSP technology||Parabolic trough|
|Land area||1,765 acres (7 km2)|
|Maximum capacity||250 MW|
|Annual generation||617 GW·h|
|As of February 2012|
The Mojave Solar Project is a solar thermal power facility under construction in the Mojave Desert in California, about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Barstow. Surrounding the hamlet of Lockhart, Mojave Solar is adjacent to Harper Lake and the SEGS VIII–IX solar plant. The 250 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant will cost an estimated $1.6 billion in total and should be completed in 2014. The developer, Abengoa, has successfully secured a $1.2 billion loan guarantee from the US government for the project.
The nominal 250 MW solar electric generating facility will generate steam in solar steam generators, which will expand through a steam turbine generator to produce electrical power from twin, independently operable solar fields, each feeding a 125-MW power island. Once operational the plant will generate 617,000 MWh of power annually, enough power for more than 88,000 households and will prevent the emission of over 430 kilotons of CO2 a year. Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to a 25-year power purchase agreement.
|Parabolic trough technology|
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