Mesquite Solar project

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Mesquite Solar project
Mesquite Solar project is located in Arizona
Mesquite Solar project
Location of Mesquite Solar project
Country United States
Location Arlington, Arizona
Coordinates 33°20′00″N 112°55′00″W / 33.33333°N 112.91667°W / 33.33333; -112.91667Coordinates: 33°20′00″N 112°55′00″W / 33.33333°N 112.91667°W / 33.33333; -112.91667
Status Operational
Construction cost Sempra Generation
Solar field
Type Flat-panel PV
Site area 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
Power generation
Units operational 800,000
Nameplate capacity 400 MW
Max. planned: 700 MW
Annual output 414 GW·h

The Mesquite Solar project is a photovoltaic power plant being built in Arlington, Maricopa County, Arizona, owned by Sempra Generation.[1] Phase 1 has a nameplate capacity of 150 megawatts (MW).[2] The project has a planned capacity of up to 700 MW when completed, making it among the world's largest PV power stations.[2][3]

Mesquite Solar 1 uses 800,000 solar panels from Suntech Power.[4][5] The EPC contractor is Zachry Holdings.[6] Construction began in 2011 and was completed in 2013.[4] Mesquite 1 is projected to generate more than 350 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually (an average of about 40 MW), and will offset roughly 200,000 tons of carbon emissions each year.[6]

Phase 1 cost about $600 million.[7] Sempra Generation has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for the 150 MW from Mesquite 1.[1]

In late December, 2011, 42 MW was completed and connected to the grid.[8] Sempra Energy completed the 150 MW phase of the Project in January 2013.[3]

Phase 2 (100MW) and Phase 3 (150MW) were both completed in December 2016.[9]

Electricity production[edit]

Generation (MW·h) of Mesquite Solar 1 [10]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2011 1,711 1,245 2,956
2012 6,830 8,261 10,848 14,729 20,300 20,717 22,784 26,070 25,060 27,809 25,008 24,689 233,105
2013 26,897 31,203 35,698 37,963 39,751 39,487 38,113 36,261 35,489 38,806 27,362 26,581 413,611
2014 29,466 28,570 39,157 40,084 42,765 40,304 37,138 35,717 34,451 32,627 27,236 20,703 408,218
2015 20,029 30,905 37,089 40,474 40,419 37,689 35,962 36,967 33,285 31,139 29,199 24,442 397,599
2016 23,919 32,350 36,412 37,321 42,442 39,309 38,869 38,069 33,660 34,753 28,321 22,825 408,250
Total 1,863,739

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sempra Generation Contracts With PG&E for 150 MW of Solar Power". CNNMoney.com. October 12, 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Mesquite Solar 1". Sempra Generation. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  3. ^ a b Sempra Completes first phase of Mesquite Solar Project
  4. ^ a b Wesoff, Eric (February 3, 2011). "Suntech to Supply 800,000 PV Panels for Sempra’s Mesquite 1". Greentech Media. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  5. ^ Woody, Todd (February 4, 2011). "Arizona Solar Plant Picks Chinese Supplier". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Sempra Generation Selects Suntech and Zachry for Landmark Arizona Solar Power Plant". Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. February 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  7. ^ Goossens, Ehren (February 3, 2011). "Sempra Buying Suntech Panels for 150-Megawatt Solar Project". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2011-02-06. Scott Crider, a Sempra Generation spokesman, would not give a price for the Mesquite project. Photovoltaic “projects can range from $3.5 to $5.5 million per megawatt, that’s the general industry standard,” he said in an interview. 
  8. ^ "Sempra Generation commissions 42 MW at Mesquite Solar 1 plant". Solar Server. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Table 6.3. New Utility Scale Generating Units by Operating Company, Plant, Month, and Year, Electric Power Monthly, U.S. Energy Information Administration, February 24, 2017
  10. ^ "Mesquite Solar 1, Monthly". Electricity Data Browser. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved March 8, 2017.