Solana Generating Station CSP Project

This page provides information on Solana Generating Station CSP project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Project Overview

Power Station: Solana Generating Station
Location: Phoenix
Gila Bend
United States
Owners (%): Abengoa
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2784
Nominal Capacity: 250 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2013

Status Date

Status Date December 05, 2021


Break Ground Date 2010
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 944
Lat/Long Location 32.917,-112.967
Total Power Station Land Area 7.8


Developer Abengoa
EPC Abener, Teyma
Electricity Generation Offtaker Arizona Public Service
Construction Job Years 1500


Total Construction Cost (2013) 2000.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $2161.06 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 8644.3
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.2
Levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital and a 25 year payback period, capacity dependent O&M (1.5% of investment cost per year), deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or construction then not deflated (assumed cost year 2020)
Remuneration USD/kWh 0.14
Remuneration Start Year 2013
Remuneration USD/kWh Deflated (2020) 0.15
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 30
Support Scheme Type PPA
Concessional Funding or Other Support Federal Loan Guarantee $1.45 billion, 30% investment tax credit

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 2200000
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs) 3232
# of Loops 808
# of SCAs per Loop 4
# of Modules per SCA 10
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer Abengoa
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Abengoa
Collector/Heliostat Model E2
Mirror Manufacturer Rioglass

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Biphenyl/Diphenyl oxide: Xceltherm
Receiver Working Fluid Category Thermal oil/organics
Working Fluid Manufacturer Eastman; Radco
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 293°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 393°C
Receiver Manufacturer Schott

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 250 MW
Power Cycle Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure (Bar) 100
Cooling Type Wet

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity (Hours) 6
Storage Description Molten salts