Mojave Solar Project

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Mojave Solar Project
Mojave Solar Project is located in California
Mojave Solar Project
Location of Mojave Solar Project
Country United States
Location Mojave Desert, California
Coordinates 35°0′40″N 117°19′30″W / 35.01111°N 117.32500°W / 35.01111; -117.32500Coordinates: 35°0′40″N 117°19′30″W / 35.01111°N 117.32500°W / 35.01111; -117.32500
Status Under construction
Construction began September 2011
Commission date July 31, 2014 (planned)
Solar farm
Type CSP
CSP technology Parabolic trough
Site area 1,765 acres (7 km2)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 250 MW
Capacity factor 28%
Annual generation 617

The Mojave Solar Project (MSP) 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.[1][2][3]

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.[4] Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to a 25-year power purchase agreement.[5]

Technology[edit]

Parabolic trough technology
The array of parabolic troughs at the Mojave Solar Project site in their stow position. 
The details of the parabolic trough used in the project. 

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "US government backs Abengoa’s solar project with $1.2 billion loan guarantee". Energy Efficiency News. 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Abengoa Solar, Inc. (Mojave Solar)". Loan Guarantee Program. DOE. Retrieved February 7, 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ Abengoa Solar Abengoa Solar - The Mojave Solar Project
  4. ^ "Loans - Award Summay: Mojave Solar LLC". U.S. Government. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Advice Letters 3876-E and 3876-E-A". California Public Utilities Commission. January 11, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 

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