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Solana Generating Station

Abengoa Solar has built a 280-megawatt parabolic trough solar plant about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona. The plant generates enough power to supply 70,000 homes under a 30-year power supply contract with Arizona Public Service (APS). The thermal energy storage system provides up to 6 hours of generating capacity after sunset.

Status Date: August 19, 2015
Project Overview
Project Name: Solana Generating Station (Solana)
Country: United States
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
(Gila Bend)
Owner(s): Abengoa Solar
Liberty Interactive Corporation
Technology: Parabolic trough
Turbine Capacity: Net: 250.0 MW Gross: 280.0 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2013

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Technology: Parabolic trough
Status: Operational
Country: United States
City: Phoenix
State: Arizona
County: Maricopa
Region: Gila Bend
Lat/Long Location: 32°55′ 0.0″ North, 112°58′ 0.0″ West
Land Area: 780 hectares
Electricity Generation: 944,000 MWh/yr
Contact(s): Luis Rejano
Company: Abengoa Solar
Break Ground: December 2010
Start Production: October 7, 2013
Cost (approx): 2 USD billion
Construction Job-Years: 1500
Annual O&M Jobs: 85
PPA/Tariff Date: January 2008
PPA/Tariff Period: 30 years
Project Type: Commercial
Incentives: $1.45 billion from the Federal Loan Guarantee Program


Developer(s): Abengoa Solar
Owner(s) (%): Abengoa Solar
Liberty Interactive Corporation
EPC Contractor: Abener-Teyma
Generation Offtaker(s): Arizona Public Service

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area: 2,200,000 m²
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs): 3,232
# of Loops: 808
# of SCAs per Loop: 4
# of Modules per SCA: 10
SCA Manufacturer (Model): Abengoa Solar (E2)
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Therminol VP-1 --- Xceltherm MK1
HTF Company: Solutia --- Radco Industries
Solar-Field Inlet Temp: 293°C
Solar-Field Outlet Temp: 393°C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 280.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 250.0 MW
Turbine Description: 2x140 MWe gross
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure: 100.0 bar
Cooling Method: Wet cooling
Fossil Backup Type: Natural gas

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity: 6 hours
Thermal Storage Description: Molten salts