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Genesis Solar Energy Project

This page provides information on the Genesis Solar Energy Project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration. The Project includes two 125-MW units incorporating parabolic trough solar thermal technology.

Status Date: August 9, 2017
Project Overview
Project Name: Genesis Solar Energy Project
Country: United States
Location: Blythe, California
Owner(s): Genesis Solar, LLC
Technology: Parabolic trough
Turbine Capacity: Net: 250.0 MW Gross: 250.0 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2014

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Technology: Parabolic trough
Status: Operational
Country: United States
City: Blythe
State: California
County: Riverside
Lat/Long Location: 33°40′ North, 114°59′ West
Land Area: 1,950 acres
Electricity Generation: 580,000 MWh/yr (Expected/Planned)
Contact(s): Webmaster Solar
Company: NextEra Energy Resources
Key References: Fact sheet PDF
Break Ground: December 15, 2010
Start Production: March 2014
Construction Job-Years: 1085
Annual O&M Jobs: 50
PPA/Tariff Date: October 25, 2009
PPA/Tariff Period: 25 years
Project Type: Commercial


Developer(s): Genesis Solar, LLC ; NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Owner(s) (%): Genesis Solar, LLC
Operator(s): Genesis Solar, LLC
Generation Offtaker(s): Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs): 1,840
# of Loops: 460
# of SCAs per Loop: 4
SCA Manufacturer (Model): Sener (SenerTrough)
Mirror Manufacturer (Model): Flabeg (RP3)
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Dowthermâ„¢ A
HTF Company: The Dow Chemical Company
Solar-Field Outlet Temp: 740°F

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 250.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 250.0 MW
Turbine Description: Two 125-MW units
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Cooling Method: Dry cooling
Cooling Method Description: Air-cooled condenser

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: None