Genesis Solar Energy Project

This page provides information on the Genesis Solar Energy Project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

The Project will include two 125-MW units that will incorporate parabolic trough solar thermal technology. More than 500,000 parabolic mirrors will be assembled in rows located on about 1,800 acres in the Sonoran Desert between Center and Blythe. NextEra Energy Resources has operated a similar solar facility for many years — the SEGS solar facilities in the Mojave Desert.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2010, with operations planned to begin about 30 months later. The power purchase agreement is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission. In addition, NextEra Energy Resources filed in August 2009 an Application for Certification with the California Energy Commission to construct, own, and operate the project. NextEra Energy Resources also filed for a right-of-way grant with the Bureau of Land Management for this project.
Status Date

Background

Technology
Parabolic Trough
Status
Operational
Location

Blythe, CA
United States

County
Riverside
Lat/Long Location
33°
40'
0.00"
North
114°
59'
0.00"
West
Land Area
1950 acres
Electricity Generation
580,000 MWh/yr Expected/Planned
Key References
Break Ground Date
Start Production Date
Construction Job-Years
1085
Annual O&M Jobs
50
PPA/Tariff Date
PPA/Tariff Period
25 years
Project Type
Commercial

Participants

Developer(s)
Genesis Solar, LLC
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Operator(s)
Genesis Solar, LLC
Generation Offtaker(s)
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs)
1840
# of Loops
460
# of SCAs per Loop
4
SCA Manufacturer (Model)
Sener (SenerTrough)
Mirror Manufacturer (Model)
Flabeg (RP3)
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type
Therminol VP-1
Solar-Field Outlet Temp
740ºF
Heat Transfer Fluid Company
Solutia

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross)
250 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net)
250 MW
Turbine Description
Two 125-MW units
Output Type
Steam Rankine
Cooling Method
Dry cooling
Cooling Method Description
Air-cooled condenser

Thermal Storage

Storage Type
None

Project Overview

Project Name: Genesis Solar Energy Project
Location: United States
(CA)
Location: Blythe (CA)
Owner(s): Genesis Solar, LLC
Technology: Parabolic Trough
Turbine Capacity (Net):
250 MW
Turbine Capacity (Gross):
250 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2014

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