Genesis Solar Energy Project

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Genesis Solar Energy Project
Mirrors.JPG
Mirrors of the project,
Mojave Desert, Lower Colorado River Valley, California.
Country United States
Location Riverside County, California
Coordinates 33°39′54″N 114°59′41″W / 33.66500°N 114.99472°W / 33.66500; -114.99472Coordinates: 33°39′54″N 114°59′41″W / 33.66500°N 114.99472°W / 33.66500; -114.99472
Status Operational
Construction began December 15, 2010
Commission date April 24, 2014[1]
Construction cost US$1.25 billion[2]
Owner(s) NextEra Energy Partners
Operator(s) NextEra Energy Resources
Solar field
Type CSP
CSP technology Parabolic trough
Collectors 500,000
Site area 1,920 acres (780 ha)
Power generation
Units operational 2
Nameplate capacity 280 MW[3]
Annual net output 621 GW·h (2015)

The Genesis Solar Energy Project is a concentrated solar power station located in the Mojave Desert on 1,920 acres (780 ha) of Bureau of Land Management land, in eastern Riverside County, California. The plant is owned/managed by Genesis Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The Genesis Solar Energy Project is located about 25 miles (40 km) west of Blythe, in the Lower Colorado River Valley.[4] The plant was built in the Colorado Desert along an ancient trade route that native people had traveled for thousands of years. The route traversed the Sonoran Desert and enabled trade between the Colorado River and the coast.[5]

The solar power plant consists of two independent 125 MW net (140 MW gross) sections, using solar trough technology.[6] This was one of three of the world’s largest solar plants, that began supplying power in 2013 and 2014, located in the deserts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.[7] The Project power block and solar arrays occupy about 1,360 acres (550 ha) of the site. The rest are the evaporation ponds, access road, administration buildings and some fenced open area. The 1840 Solar Collector Assemblies are 1,048 square metres (11,280 sq ft) each, yielding 1,928,320 square metres (20,756,300 sq ft) of total solar aperture.

A June 2014 report details the project's potential impact on bird populations.[8]


Production[edit]

Genesis Solar Energy Project's production is as follows (MWh).[9]

Generation (MW·h) of Genesis Solar Energy Project [9]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2013 345 6,684 7,029
2014 4,892 13,080 48,455 60,960 72,621 80,979 68,861 66,969 63,976 46,236 35,271 13,813 576,113
2015 16,876 40,980 60,875 70,919 72,725 70,898 70,190 69,009 52,732 41,160 33,601 21,489 621,454
2016 17,573 45,940 55,704 55,737 79,177 76,282 77,787 67,890 58,971 48,245 30,618 10,218 624,142
2017 21,248 28,112 62,031 64,575 75,992 83,297 68,336 68,704 62,515 55,708 22,099 16,214 627,831
Total 2,456,569


Projected full production is 580,000 MW·h per year.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Another Huge Solar Plant Goes Online in California's Desert Archived 2016-05-15 at the Portuguese Web Archive, Chris Clarke, REWIRE, May 5, 2014
  2. ^ Wesoff, Eric (30 August 2011). "250MW Genesis Thermal Solar Gets $852M DOE Loan Guarantee". www.greentechmedia.com. Wood Mackenzie. Archived from the original on 21 December 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "Genesis Solar Energy Project Eastern Riverside County, California - Amendment (09-AFC-8)" (PDF). California Energy Commission. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Energy.ca.gov: Genesis Solar Energy Project
  5. ^ Danelski, David (April 20, 2015). "SACRIFICED FOR SOLAR: Sacred tribal area destroyed for efficiency's sake". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, California. 
  6. ^ Blm.gov: Renewable Energy Projects Approved Since the Beginning of Calendar Year 2009
  7. ^ Danelski, David (April 16, 2015). "SOLAR POWER: Inland plants boost state to No. 1". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, California. 
  8. ^ Kagan, Rebecca A (2014-06-23). "Avian Mortality at Solar Energy Faciites in California: A Preliminary Analysis" (PDF). Palen Solar Power Project - Compliance. Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  9. ^ a b "Genesis Solar Energy Project, Monthly". Electricity Data Browser. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Genesis Solar Energy Project". Concentrating Solar Power Projects. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). April 25, 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-28. 

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