Ivanpah SEGS

General Info
Owner/s: 
BrightSource Energy
Google
NRG Energy
Technology: 
Central receiver (power tower)
Country: 
US
Status: 
Operational
Purpose: 
Commercial
Usage: 
Electricity
Power: 
377.00 MW
Construction start date: 
October 2010
Start date: 
October, 2013
Location: 
Primm, California
Generation: 
1 079.00 GWh
Land area: 
1 416 hectares
Technology

Solar field

Heliostats: 
BrightSource Energy
Mirrors / Reflective surface: 
Guardian EcoGuard Solar Boost
Heliostat aperture: 
15 m²
Number of heliostats: 
175000
Reflecting area: 
2 600 000 m²
Central receiver: 
Riley Power
Heat Transfer Fluid: 
Water
HTF Temp in: 
250ºC
HTF Temp out: 
565ºC
Tower height: 
137 m (450 ft)

Power block

Storage Y/N: 
No
Power cycle: 
Steam Rankine
Power cycle pressure: 
160 bar
Turbine: 
Siemens SST900
Cooling: 
Dry
Power (gross): 
392.00 MW
Power (net): 
377.00 MW
Annual Solar-to-Electricity Efficiency (Gross): 
28.72%
Backup: 
Yes
Backup type: 
Natural gas
Companies involved
Project developer: 
BrightSource Energy
EPC: 
Bechtel Engineering
O&M: 
NRG Energy
Key components suppliers: 
Siemens
Guardian
Riley Power
Suppliers details: 
Siemens (Turbine and I&C system)
Guardian (Mirrors)
Gestamp Solar Steel (steel structures)
Cone Drive Gearing Solution (tracking drives)
Riley Power (Receiver - boiler)
Worley Parsons (Engineering support during
Socioeconomics
Cost: 
$2.2 billion
Generation Offtaker: 
SCE
PG&E
PPA/Tariff: 
25 years
Construction Employment: 
1890 job-years
O&M employment: 
86
Financing: 
NRG Energy - $300 million equity investment
Google - $168 million equity investment
US Department of Energy - $1.6 billion loan guarantee
Other financing info: 

Financing closure was on April 04, 2011

PPA with Southern California Edison comprises Ivanpah Unit 2 generation for 20 years.

PPA with Pacific Gas & Electricity comprises Units 1 & 3 generation for 25 years.

Prices for PPAs are confidential

 

Other
Solar resource: 
2 717 kWh/m2/yr
Solar resource source: 
NREL solar power prospector
Other info: 

Ivanpah is comprised by three independent units (1 to 3) which are owned by Solar Partners II, LLC; Solar Partners I, LLC; and Solar Partners VIII, LLC respectively. A fourth company  Solar Partners IV, LLC owns the shared facilities.

Ivanpah 1 and 2 are about 123 MW each and Ivanpah 3 is about 130 MW.

General comments:

Ivanpah complex is comprised by three plants, two about 123 MW and the other about 130 MW.

As of September 2013, the plant is 99% complete and has made the first grid synchronizing test, delivering power for the first time

As of February, 2013, the plant reached 84% completion.

As of August, 2012 the plant reached 50% completion.

Aerial view of Ivanpah CSP plants Satellite view of Ivanpah Construction works on tower Unit 1 during the first tests sending power to the grid Ivanpah CSP plant under construction
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