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 in Nevada
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 MW
Planned: 418 MW
Capacity factor 24%
Annual generation 316 GWh

The Copper Mountain Solar Facility is a 458 MWp[1] solar photovoltaic power plant in Boulder City, Nevada.[2] Sempra Generation announced on December 1, 2010 that it had finished phase 1 of 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 phase 1 has been sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).[2] Power generated from phase 2 has been sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).[6] Power generated from phase 3 is sold to the Southern California Public Power Authority.

History[edit]

Sempra Generation built the plant from January 2010 to December 1, 2010,[3] at a cost of about $141 million.,[7] 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.[8]

Copper Mountain Solar 3 is the third phase of the Copper Mountain Solar complex. Construction on the 250 MW solar project began in 2013 and was completed in early 2015, with a formal dedication ceremony on 30th April 2015.[9] This stage is capable of generating enough electricity to power about 80,000 homes.[10]

Copper Mountain Solar 4 is the fourth phase of the Copper Mountain Solar complex. Construction on the 94 MW expansion project is scheduled to commence in 2015, creating about 350 construction jobs at peak, with completion expected by year-end 2016.[11]

Units[edit]

  • Solar 1 is the original 58 MW 1st phase with an expansion
  • Solar 2 is the 150 MW phase 2.[4][12]
  • Solar 3 is the 250 MW phase 3.[13]
  • Solar 4 is the planned 94 MW phase 4.[14]

Production[edit]

Generation (MWh) of Copper Mountain Solar 2 [15]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2012 5,751 9,416 12,825 13,857 14,648 15,569 72,066
2013 14,949 15,059 15,532 16,971 19,397 19,402 19,450 19,879 20,112 21,460 22,276 22,448 226,935
2014 11,000 15,521 15,742 16,628 19,590 20,043 20,143 20,509 20,614 20,723 22,234 22,239 224,986
2015 15,813 22,606 22,847 25,639 86,905
Total 610,892
Generation (MWh) of Copper Mountain Solar 3 [16]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2014 3,789 11,030 14,733 20,025 22,417 23,153 29,671 30,470 155,288
2015 33,165 45,414 55,583 60,855 195,017
Total 350,305

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