Close

This website uses third-party cookies to collect statistical information related to your navigation. If you continue to browse, we consider you accept this use. See more information on our cookies policy here.

Financial restructuring proposal
United States
Solar plants

United States

Solana, the largest parabolic trough plant in the world

Solana, the largest parabolic trough plant in the world, is a 280 MW gross installation with six hours of thermal storage. The plant is located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, near Gila Bend, Arizona. Construction began at the end of 2010, and Solana started operation in 2013.

Watch video
See more: Factsheet

Project details

  • Solana’s thermal energy storage system is able to generate power at maximum capacity for six hours without solar radiation, producing electricity when needed during cloudy periods, after sunset, or before the sun rises. This system provides Arizona’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service, with the flexibility to shape the electric production to meet its system load needs, providing up to six hours of full-load capacity for baseload and peaking applications.
  • Solana is the first commercial plant in the United States to use this new molten-salt thermal energy storage.
  • Abengoa Solar received a federal loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy in the amount of $1.45 billion, which facilitated the financial closing with the Federal Financing Bank (FFB), and the start of construction.
  • As of the end of 2014, Solana is owned by Atlantica Yield and Liberty Interactive Corporation.

Environmental – social – economic benefits

  • Solana´s electricity production is the equivalent of energy needed to serve 71,000 households, and it prevents 430,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year, as compared to those of a natural-gas plant.
  • The construction of Solana created more than 2,000 new jobs and thousands of indirect jobs. Currently Solana contributes 85 permanent jobs and many more indirect jobs to the Arizona economy.
Solana
Location: Gila Bend, Arizona, U.S.A.
Output: 280 MW gross
Technology: parabolic trough with storage
Solar Field: 1,920 acres
Households supplied with clean energy: 70.000
Tons of CO2 emissions eliminated each year: 475.000
Status: in operation
Owner: Atlantica Yield and Liberty Interactive Corporation
Operator: Abengoa Solar

Mojave Solar Project

Mojave Solar Project is a 280 MW gross parabolic trough plant. The plant is located 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, near Barstow, California. Construction began in 2011 and the project came online at the end of 2014.

Project details

  • Abengoa Solar received a federal loan guarantee from the U.S Department of Energy in the amount of $1.2 billion, which facilitated the financial closing with the Federal Financing Bank (FFB), and the start of construction.
Mojave supplies clean electricity to Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
Since the end of 2014, Mojave is owned by Atlantica Yield and operated by Abengoa Solar.

Environmental – social – economic benefits

  • Mojave Solar produces enough energy to serve 91,000 households, eliminating the emission of more than 223,500 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
The project has generated thousands of jobs, peaking at over 2,200 positions in the construction phase. Currently, it permanently employs about 70 people in operation and maintenance activities. Additionally, the direct and indirect job creation throughout its supply chain has been estimated at thousands of positions spanning throughout the US.
Mojave Solar Project
Location: near Barstow, California
Output: 280 MW gross
Technology: parabolic trough
Solar Field: 1,765 acres
Households supplied with clean energy: 91,000
Tons of CO2 emissions eliminated each year: 223,500
Status: in operation
Owner: Atlantica Yield
Operator: Abengoa Solar