In September 2011, the Department of Energy issued a $1.2 billion loan guarantee to finance Mojave, a 250-MW parabolic trough concentrating solar power (CSP) plant on previously disturbed agricultural land near Barstow, California. It started commercial operations in December 2014.
Mojave uses innovative solar receiver and frame designs to further enhance already proven parabolic trough technology that has been employed for nearly 25 years at facilities throughout the Mojave desert.
Mojave created 830 construction jobs and is expected to support 70 permanent jobs. Approximately 83% of total costs were expected to be sourced in the United States (including both capital equipment and labor).
Mojave is expected to generate 617,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy and prevent 329,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
San Bernardino County, California
|Loan Type||Loan Guarantee|
Loan Amount 1
Projected Annual Generation 2
Permanent U.S. Jobs Supported
U.S. Construction Jobs Supported 3
CO2 Emissions Prevented Annually
329,000 Metric Tons
All information up-to-date as of June 2017.
1 Approximate amount of the loan facility approved at closing including principal and any capitalized interest.
2 Calculated using the project's and NREL Technology specific capacity factors. For cases in which NREL's capacity factors do not encompass project's specific design and operation, project specific capacity factors are used.3 Estimated at the time of closing.