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Palen Solar Electric Generating System

This page provides information on the Palen Solar Power Project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Status Date: April 4, 2013
Project Overview
Project Name: Palen Solar Electric Generating System
Country: United States
Location: Desert Center, California
Owner(s): BrightSource Energy (100%)
Technology: Power tower
Turbine Capacity: Net: 500.0 MW Gross: 500.0 MW
Status: Under development
Start Year: 2016

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Technology: Power tower
Status: Under development
Country: United States
City: Desert Center
State: California
County: Riverside
Lat/Long Location: 33°50′ 56.0″ North, 115°14′ 22.0″ West
Land Area: 1,537 hectares
Electricity Generation: 1,430,000 MWh/yr (Expected/Planned)
Contact(s): SolarPACES
Break Ground: 2013
Start Production: 2016


Developer(s): BrightSource Energy
Owner(s) (%): BrightSource Energy (100%)
EPC Contractor: Abengoa Solar
Operator(s): Abengoa Solar
Generation Offtaker(s): Southern California Edison (SCE)

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 500.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 500.0 MW
Turbine Description: Two 250-MW units
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Cooling Method: Dry cooling
Cooling Method Description: Air-cooled condenser

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: None