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
Arizona United States
Owners (%): Abengoa
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2784
Nominal Capacity: 250 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2013

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2010
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 944
Lat/Long Location 32.917,-112.967
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 7.8


Developer Abengoa
EPC Abener, Teyma
Electricity Generation Offtaker Arizona Public Service
Construction Job Years 1500
Annual Operations Jobs 85


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

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