California Energy Commission Licenses Mojave Solar Project
The California Energy Commission on September 8 approved the construction of the planned 250-megawatt facility Abengoa Mojave solar thermal project. The proposed 1,765-acre project located 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles would use parabolic trough technology where parabolic mirrors are used to heat a transfer fluid which then generates steam to drive steam turbine generators. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010, with commercial service by the first quarter of 2013.
The Abengoa Mojave undertaking is the second solar thermal project to be licensed in California in as many weeks. On August 25, the full five-member Commission unanimously approved the Beacon Solar Energy Project, the first solar thermal power plant permitted in the state in 20 years. In all, more than 4,300 megawatts of solar power will be added in California by year's end if all nine pending projects are approved. See the California Energy Commission press release.