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Rice Solar Energy Project

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

Status Date: January 30, 2013
Project Overview
Project Name: Rice Solar Energy Project (RSEP)
Country: United States
Location: Rice, California
(Mojave Desert, near Blythe)
Owner(s): SolarReserve's Rice Solar Energy, LLC (100%)
Technology: Power tower
Turbine Capacity: Gross: 150.0 MW
Status: Under development
Start Year: 2016

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Technology: Power tower
Status: Under development
Country: United States
City: Rice
State: California
County: Riverside
Region: Mojave Desert, near Blythe
Lat/Long Location: 34°4′ North, 114°49′ West
Land Area: 1,410 acres
Solar Resource: 2,598 kWh/m2/yr
Source of Solar Resource: NREL Solar Power Prospector
Electricity Generation: 450,000 MWh/yr (Expected/Planned)
Contact(s): Tom Georgis; Jeff Benoit
Company: SolarReserve
Key References: Press release PDF
Start Production: January 1, 2016
Construction Job-Years: 450
Annual O&M Jobs: 45
PPA/Tariff Date: December 22, 2009
Project Type: Commercial Plant


Developer(s): SolarReserve's Rice Solar Energy, LLC
Owner(s) (%): SolarReserve's Rice Solar Energy, LLC (100%)
EPC Contractor: United Technologies Corp - Pratt Whitney Power Systems
Operator(s): SolarReserve's Rice Solar Energy, LLC
Generation Offtaker(s): Pacific Gas & Electric

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Heliostat Solar-Field Aperture Area: 1,071,361 m²
# of Heliostats: 17,170
Heliostat Aperture Area: 62.4 m²
Heliostat Manufacturer: Pratt Whitney
Tower Height: 540 ft
Receiver Manufacturer: Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne
Receiver Type: External - cylindrical
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Molten salt
Receiver Inlet Temp: 550F
Receiver Outlet Temp: 1050F

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 150.0 MW
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure: 115.0 bar
Cooling Method: Dry cooling
Fossil Backup Type: None

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: Other
Thermal Storage Description: Thermal energy storage achieved by raising salt temperature from 550 to 1050 F. Thermal storage efficiency is 99%