Abengoa puts a 250 MW solar CSP plant online in California

first_imgAbengoa puts a 250 MW solar CSP plant online in CaliforniaAbengoa has declared commercial operation for the Mojave plant, the fourth in a series of very large concentrating solar power (CSP) projects which have come online in the last 14 months in the deserts of the Southwestern United States. December 2, 2014 Christian Roselund Installations Markets Markets & Policy Share On December 1st, Spanish engineering company Abengoa officially commissioned the 250 MW (net) Mojave Solar Project through its yieldco vehicle. Like the 250 MW Solana project which Abengoa connected to the grid in October 2013, the Mojave is based on a parabolic trough design.The project is located near Barstow in Southern California and is the fourth CSP plant over 250 MW to come online in California and Arizona over the last 14 months. These four total 1.13 GW of capacity – more than the average nuclear reactor.As was the case with all of these projects, the U.S. Department of Energy supported Mojave through its Loan Guarantee Program. In the case of Mojave, the loan guarantee covered US$1.2 billion of project’s total investment of US$1.6 billion.This program was widely maligned by the U.S. press in sensationalistic articles during the bankruptcies of PV maker Solyndra and other recipients. However, most of these articles failed to note that 87% of the loan guarantees by value were provided to power generation projects like Mojave and not technology companies, which made for much lower-risk investments.In addition to these large CSP projects, the loan guarantee program has supported some of the world’s largest PV plants, including NRG and First Solar’s 290 MW Agua Caliente PV project in Arizona.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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