Location: San Bernardino County, CA
In September 2011, the Department of Energy issued a $1.2 billion loan guarantee, providing Mojave Solar LLC with approximately 77% of the construction funding it needed to build the 250 MW Mojave Solar Project, one of the world’s largest parabolic trough concentrating solar power plants, located near Barstow, CA. All power generated will be sold under a 25 year PPA with PG&E. The project is scheduled to begin operating in the third quarter of 2014.
The parabolic trough system used by the project has been proven over a period of nearly 25 years at facilities throughout the Mojave Desert. However, the project will enhance the proven performance of this technology through innovative solar receiver and frame designs.
The project will cover a surface area of approximately 1,765 acres on previously disturbed agricultural land. It is expected to create 830 construction jobs over the project’s anticipated 28-month construction period and 70 permanent jobs, once the plant is fully operational.
When the project comes online in 2014, the 250 MW facility will generate nearly 679,000 MWh in renewable energy, enough to power 60,200 homes. At the same time, it will reduce California’s need for fossil fuel-based energy generation—eliminating more than 390,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere annually, equivalent to the emissions of nearly 90,000 vehicles. Approximately 83% of total costs are expected to be sourced in the U.S. (including both capital equipment and labor).