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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 will include two 125-MW units that will incorporate parabolic trough solar thermal technology. More than 500,000 parabolic mirrors will be assembled in rows located on about 1,800 acres in the Sonoran Desert between Center and Blythe. NextEra Energy Resources has operated a similar solar facility for many years — the SEGS solar facilities in the Mojave Desert. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2010, with operations planned to begin about 30 months later. The power purchase agreement is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission. In addition, NextEra Energy Resources filed in August 2009 an Application for Certification with the California Energy Commission to construct, own, and operate the project. NextEra Energy Resources also filed for a right-of-way grant with the Bureau of Land Management for this project.

Status Date: April 25, 2014
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: Therminol VP-1
HTF Company: Solutia
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