Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating Facility
|Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating Facility|
|Location||near Blythe, Riverside Co.|
|Construction began||planned for 2013; now suspended|
|Commission date||planned for 2016; now suspended|
|Construction cost||$2 billion|
|Solar farm information|
|CSP technology||Solar power tower|
|Land area||4,070 acres (16.5 km2)|
|Power generation information|
|Maximum capacity||500 MW|
|As of October 2012|
The Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating Facility is a proposed 500 megawatts (670,000 hp) solar thermal power project in Riverside County, California. The developers for the project are subsidiaries of BrightSource Energy, Inc. The plant is expected to cost about $2 billion.
The plant comprises two solar power towers, each with a generating capacity of 250 megawatts (340,000 hp). About 170,000 heliostats reflect sunlight to the receivers mounted on top of the 750-foot (230 m) towers. The project was scaled down from 750 megawatts (1,010,000 hp) to 500 MW in May 2012, for which it has a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Southern California Edison (SCE).
In December 2011, the California Energy Commission (CEC) accepted the application for certification for the Rio Mesa SEGF. In October 2012, Rio Mesa received preliminary approval from the CEC; final approval is needed by June 2013 to fulfill its PPA. However, the discovery of a large deposit of Pleistocene fossils underlying part of the project's area may delay approval or construction. In January 2013, BrightSource suspended the Rio Mesa project.
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- Nichola Groom (03 April 2013). "BrightSource shelves second major solar project this year". Reuters. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- BrightSource official website
- "Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating Facility Licensing Case". California Energy Commission (CEC). Retrieved 5 October 2012.