- Project Owner
- Abengoa Solar Inc.
- Docket Number
- 250 MW
- San Bernardino County
- Solar Thermal
- Project Status
- Operational (Solar Thermal)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
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.
- Amendments filed under the 09-AFC-05C docket number.
- Order Approving a Petition to Amend the Energy Commission Decision (Conditions of Certification AQ-25, AQ-26 & AQ-28) TN-203381 Submitted 11/26/2014.
- Commission Order 14-0422-4 TN-202259 Submitted 4/28/2014.
- Notice of Determination TN-201206 Submitted 11/14/2013.
- Order Number 12-1212-3 - Approving a Petition to Amend TN-68936 Submitted 12/20/2012.
- Order Approving a Petition to Modify Condition of Certification BIO-7 to Remove 25 mph Restriction on Harper Lake Road TN-66827 Submitted 8/17/2012.
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.