Rice Solar Energy Project

General Info
Owner/s: 
SolarReserve
Technology: 
Central receiver (power tower)
Country: 
US
Status: 
Development
Purpose: 
Commercial
Usage: 
Electricity
Power: 
150.00 MW
Start date: 
June, 2016
Location: 
Rice, Riverside County, California
Generation: 
448.00 GWh
Land area: 
600 hectares
Technology

Solar field

Heliostat aperture: 
62.4 m²
Number of heliostats: 
17170
Reflecting area: 
1 071 361 m²
Central receiver: 
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
Receiver type: 
External - cylindrical
Heat Transfer Fluid: 
Molten salts - sodium and potassium nitrates
Tower height: 
165 m (540 ft)

Power block

Storage Y/N: 
Yes
Storage type: 
two tank direct - Molten salts
Storage: 
10.00 Hours
Storage temperature: 
565ºC
Power cycle: 
Steam Rankine
Power cycle pressure: 
115 bar
Cooling: 
Dry
Power (gross): 
150.00 MW
Backup: 
No
Companies involved
Project developer: 
SolarReserve
Key components suppliers: 
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
Suppliers details: 
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (receiver)
Socioeconomics
Cost: 
$600 million
Generation Offtaker: 
PG&E
PPA/Tariff: 
25 years (confidential price)
Construction Employment: 
670 jobs-year | 5,300 indirect jobs
O&M employment: 
45 jobs-year
Other
Solar resource: 
2 598 kWh/m2/yr
Solar resource source: 
NREL
General comments:

The plant is owned by Rice Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary or SolarReserve LLC

The plant is expected to be operational by June, 2016.

California Energy Commission has approved Application for Certification on December, 2010. Construction must commence within five years from approval date.

First PPA was signed with PG&E on 2009 and approved by CPUC on 2010

An amendment to the PPA, due to changes in the interconection point and a change of the guaranteed commercial operation date from October 2013 to June 2016, was approved by CPUC on 2013

*CPUC: California Public Utilities Commission

*PPA: Power Purchase Agreement

*PG&E: Pacific Gas & Electric (utility)

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