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Concentrating Solar Power Projects: Solar Paces
Project Overview
Project Name: Maricopa Solar Project (Maricopa)
Country: United States
Location: Peoria, Arizona
Owner(s): Tessera Solar
Technology: Dish/Engine
Turbine Capacity: Net: 1.5 MW Gross: 1.5 MW
Status: Currently Non-Operational
Start Year: 2010

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Maricopa Solar Project

The Maricopa Solar plant was decommissioned in September 2011.

Status Date: November 21, 2013

Background

Technology: Dish/Engine
Status: Currently Non-Operational
Country: United States
City: Peoria
State: Arizona
County: Maricopa
Lat/Long Location: 33°33′ 31.0″ North, 112°13′ 7.0″ West
Land Area: 15 acres
Contact(s): NTR
Break Ground: September 2009
Start Production: January 2010
Construction Job-Years: 50
Annual O&M Jobs: 5
Project Type: Demonstration

Participants

Developer(s): Tessera Solar
Owner(s) (%): Tessera Solar
EPC Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Operator(s): Tessera Solar
Generation Offtaker(s): Salt River Project (SRP)

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

# of Dishes: 60
Dish Manufacturer (Model) : Stirling Energy Systems (SES) (SunCatcherâ„¢)
Dish Description: Each SunCatcher produces 25 kilowatts of power
Dish Description: Each SunCatcher produces 25 kilowatts of power

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 1.5 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 1.5 MW
Output Type: Stirling
Cooling Method Description: The SunCatcher does not use water for electricity generation or cooling cycles. Minimal water is used for site operations and washing its mirrors.
Annual Solar-to-Electricity Efficiency (Gross): 26%

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: None