Solar Energy Projects in California

The table below provides information about projects that have filed applications under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction (thermal power plant projects 50 MW or larger).

California's electric utility companies are required to use renewable energy to produce 33 percent of their power by 2020. A main source of renewable power will be solar energy.

Solar thermal projects (above 50 MW) require approvals from both the BLM and the Energy Commission prior to construction. Therefore, to provide joint National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review and a more efficient process, the BLM and Energy Commission have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).This MOU also has attachments listing the solar projects the BLM is aware of (as of July 2007) and the time line for the joint review process.

Solar Thermal Projects - Under Review
Project Name
Applicant
Docket Number Size (Megawatts) &
Technology
Location License Status
Currently No Projects are Under Review
Solar Thermal Projects - Approved - On Hold Before Construction
Project Name
Applicant
Docket Number Size (Megawatts),
Technology, &
Project Status
Location License Status
Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Project (Gas-Solar)
City of Victorville
2007-AFC-01C 563 MW
513 MW Gas-fired Combined Cycle with 50 MW solar
On Hold Before Construction
San Bernardino County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 2/28/2007
Approved: 7/16/2008
Rice Solar Energy Project
Rice Solar Energy LLC
2009-AFC-10C 150 MW
solar thermal - central tower/heliostat
On Hold Before Construction
Riverside County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 10/21/2009
Approved: 12/15/2010
Project Approved - Under PreConstruction / Construction 713 MW  

Solar Thermal Projects - Current Operational Plants
Project Name
Applicant
Docket Number Size (Megawatts) &
Technology
Location License Status
Abengoa Mojave Solar Project
Abengoa Solar Inc.
2009-AFC-5C 250 MW
Solar thermal parabolic trough with no natural gas back-up
San Bernardino AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 8/10/2009
Approved: 9/8/2010
Operational 12/9/2014
Blythe Solar Power Project, Unit 1
NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center, LLC
2009-AFC-6C 485 MW
solar thermal - parabolic trough
Riverside AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 8/24/2009
Approved: 9/15/2010
Operational 4/28/2016
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
Solar Partners Brightsource
2007-AFC-05C 370 MW
Solar (Central Tower)
San Bernardino County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 8/31/2007
Approved: 9/22/2010
Operational 12/30/2013
Genesis Solar Energy Projects, Unit 2
NextEra™ Energy Resources LLC
2009-AFC-08C 125 MW
Solar Thermal - Parabolic Trough
Riverside County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 8/31/2009
Approved: 9/29/2010
Operational 11/30/2013
Genesis Solar Energy Projects, Unit 1
NextEra™ Energy Resources LLC
2009-AFC-08C 125 MW
Solar Thermal - Parabolic Trough
Riverside County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 8/31/2009
Approved: 9/29/2010
Operational 3/7/2014
Current Operational Plants 1,355 MW  
Solar Thermal Projects - Terminated Plants
Project Name
Applicant
Docket Number Size (Megawatts) &
Technology
Location License Status
Ridgecrest Solar Power Project
Solar Millennium LLC & Chevron Energy Solutions
2009-AFC-09 250 MW
Solar Thermal - Parabolic Trough
Kern County License Terminated
AFC Filed: 9/1/2009
Terminated Projects 250 MW  

Early Solar Thermal Projects - Pre 1999
Project Name
Applicant
Docket Number Size (Megawatts) &
Technology
Location License Status
SCE Solar 100
Southern California Edison
1981-AFC-04C 110 MW
Solar Central Station
San Bernardino County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 12/1/1981
Approved: 12/29/1982
Luz SEGS I
Local Jurisdiction Under 50 MW 13.8 MW
Solar / Natural Gas
San Bernardino County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 1984
Approved: 1984
Operational 12/20/1984
Luz SEGS II
Local Jurisdiction Under 50 MW 30 MW
Solar / Natural Gas
San Bernardino County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 1985
Approved: 1985
Operational 12/31/1985
Luz SEGS III-VII
Luz Engineering
1987-AFC-01 150 MW
5 X 30 MW Solar/Gas
San Bernardino County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 1/6/1987
Approved: 5/25/1988
Operational 2/1/1989
Luz SEGS VIII - Harper Lake
Luz Engineering
1988-AFC-01C 80 MW
Solar/Gas
San Bernardino County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 3/11/1988
Approved: 3/29/1989
Operational 12/1/1989
Luz SEGS IX-X
Luz Engineering
1989-AFC-01C 160 MW
Solar/Gas
San Bernardino County AFC APPROVED
AFC Filed: 1/30/1989
Approved: 2/14/1990
Operational 10/1/1990
Luz SEGS XII
Luz Engineering
1991-AFC-01 80 MW
Solar/Gas
San Bernardino County License Expired
AFC Filed: 9/22/1989
Luz SEGS XI
Luz Engineering
1989-AFC-02 80 MW
Solar/Gas
San Bernardino County License Expired
AFC Filed: 9/22/1989
Early Solar Project 703.8 MW  

Total Approved Solar Projects: 2611.8 MW

Total Operational Solar Projects: 1948.8 MW



Aerial view of Solar Two facility in Daggett, Calif.

Solar Two - Aerial view of the Solar One & Two facility near Daggett, California. The 10 megawatt solar tower research facility was closed in 1999. Picture courtesy of Google Earth.