Project Owner
Abengoa Solar Inc.
Docket Number
250 MW
San Bernardino County
Solar Thermal
Project Status
Operational (Solar Thermal)
Project Type
Application for Certification
Project Description

The Mojave Solar Project (MSP) is located on approximately 1,765 acres halfway between Barstow, CA and Kramer Junction, CA, and is nine miles northwest of Hinkley, CA.

The project is a nominal 250-megawatt (MW) solar electric generating facility, consisting of well-established parabolic trough technology to solar heat a heat transfer fluid (HTF). This hot HTF generates steam in solar steam generators, which expands through a steam turbine generator to produce electrical power from twin, independently operable solar fields (Alpha and Beta), each feeding a 125-MW power island. Each power island has a diesel engine-driven firewater pump for fire protection and a diesel engine-driven backup generator for power plant essentials. The sun provides 100 percent of the power supplied to the project through solar-thermal collectors; no supplementary fossil-based energy source (like natural gas) is used to produce electrical power.

On December 12, 2012, the California Energy Commission approved a Post-Certification Amendment (TN 68936) to eliminate the requirement for fire hydrant loops in the solar fields and revise Hazardous Materials Management Condition of Certification HAZ-7 regarding fire water loop infrastructure in the solar fields.

Power Plant Certification and Exemption Processes

As required by the Warren-Alquist Act, the Energy Commission monitors Commission-certified energy projects throughout construction, operation, and closure to ensure compliance with the conditions of certification imposed by the Commission’s Final Decision for approving the projects.

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Docket Log (09-AFC-05)

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