Blythe Mesa Solar Power Project
|Blythe Mesa Solar Power Project|
Location of Blythe Mesa Solar Power Project in California
|Location||Riverside County, California|
|Site area||4,138 acres (1,675 ha)|
|Nameplate capacity||485 MW|
The Blythe Mesa Solar Power Project is a planned 485 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power station in Riverside County, California. The project was originally planned to be 1000 MW CSP using parabolic troughs, but the design has been changed to photovoltaics, and the size reduced to 485 MW. Land clearing for the project began in 2015.
The project was originally developed by Solar Trust of America. Also Chevron Energy Solutions planned to participate in the project. Solar Trust was formed as a majority-owned (70%) subsidiary of Solar Millennium. California will need from 15,000 to 20,000 MW of renewable energy to meet the 33% renewable electricity generation requirement by 2020.
The project is currently proposed by Renewable Resources Group (RRG) of Los Angeles.
Blythe Solar was to be a $6 billion parabolic trough solar thermal plant, comprising four 242 MW units, located on 7,025 acres (2,843 ha) of Bureau of Land Management land, about 8 miles (13 km) west of the city of Blythe.
In April 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy offered a $2.1 billion conditional loan guarantee to Solar Trust, to reduce the interest on the $2.8 billion cost of building the first half of the project. The offer was rejected by Solar Trust.
In August 2011, Solar Trust of America announced that the first half of the project would use photovoltaic panels instead of solar thermal power. Solarhybrid is in talks with First Solar for supply of photovoltaic modules.
In 2012, Solar Millennium tried to sell its stake in Solar Trust to other German solar energy developer, Solarhybrid; however, this deal collapsed after all three companies filed for bankruptcy protection. NextEra Energy Inc. was the top bidder for the project, according to an attorney representing creditors, acquiring the project in June 2012.
In 2015, the Interior Department announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had approved the 485 MW Blythe Mesa Solar Power Project. Approval was granted on August 24, 2015.
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