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Mojave Solar Park: Large Three-Part Thermal Tower Solar Plant by Solel

Mojave Solar Park (MSP-1), to be built in the Mojave Desert, will be the largest solar thermal plant to date. The developer, Israel-based Solel Solar Systems, has signed a 25-year contract with PG&E for energy that the plant will produce. 1   2   The plant is to have a peak power of 553 megawatts and will cover 6,000 acres (24 square kilometers, or 9 square miles) of land. 3   4  

facility location footprint area peak output power peak efficiency
square miles square kilometers megawatts watts per square meter net efficiency
Mojave Solar Park 1 Mojave desert
near Nevada and west of Ivanpah Dry Lake
9 24 553 23.04 2.30%

The plant, which will use parabolic mirrors and patented UVAC 2008 solar thermal receivers, will have 1.2 million mirrors and 317 miles of vacuum tubing. The contract with PG&E is for the annual purchase of 1,388 gigawatt-hours of electricity. 5  

The cost of the Park is estimated at $2 billion. The plan still awaits approval from the CPUC. 6  


References

1. Solar Energy | Mojave Solar Park (CSP), RenewableEnergyDev.com, 3/19/2008 [cached]
2. PG&E Signs Agreement With Solel for 553 Megawatts of Solar Power, 7/25/2007 [cached]
3. Israeli company to build largest solar park in world in US, ynetnews.com, 7/26/2007 [cached]
4. Solel's new 553 MW solar thermal plant, 7/25/2007 [cached]
5. California approves Solel-PG&E solar contract, uk.Reuters.com, 12/21/2007 [cached]
6. PG&E to buy electricity from massive solar park in Mojave Desert, SFGate.com, 7/25/2007 [cached]