Palen SEGS

General Info
Owner/s: 
BrightSource Energy
Technology: 
Central receiver (power tower)
Country: 
US
Status: 
Development
Purpose: 
Commercial
Usage: 
Electricity
Power: 
500.00 MW
Construction start date: 
Later 2013 (expected)
Start date: 
June, 2016
Location: 
Riverside County, California
Generation: 
1 412.00 GWh
Technology

Solar field

Heliostats: 
BrightSource Energy LPT
Mirrors / Reflective surface: 
Rioglass
Number of heliostats: 
170000
Central receiver: 
BrightSource Energy LPT
Heat Transfer Fluid: 
Steam
Tower height: 
228 m (750 ft)

Power block

Storage Y/N: 
No
Power cycle: 
Steam Rankine
Cooling: 
Dry
Backup: 
Yes
Backup type: 
Natural gas - 2% max
Companies involved
EPC: 
Abengoa Solar
O&M: 
Abengoa Solar
Key components suppliers: 
Rioglass
Suppliers details: 
Rioglass (mirrors)
Socioeconomics
Generation Offtaker: 
SCE
Construction Employment: 
1000 jobs-year
General comments:

The project was initially promoted by Solar Millenium jointly with Chevron, which filed an Application for Certification to build a 500 MW parabolic trough CSP plant.

After Solar Millenium fell bankrupt, BrightSource bought the project and has changed it to use its proprietary BrightSource Energy LPT technology, a central receiver plant (tower).

The project is now designed as two adjacent power tower plants of 250 MW each.

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