US Solar Power Plants

  • Owner: Optisolar
    Project Name: Topaz Solar Farm
    Size: 550 MW

    Technology: Amorphous silicon thin-film solar
    Location: San Luis Obispo County, California
    Power Purchaser: PG&E
    Status: Construction scheduled to start 2010, first power delivered by 2011, completion by 2013.
  • Owner: eSolar
    Size: 245 MW

    Technology: Solar Thermal Central Power Tower
    Location: Antelope Valley region of Southern California
    Power Purchaser: Southern California Edison
    Status: The series of fully operational plants is scheduled for production in 2011
  • Owner: Abengoa Solar
    Project Name: Solana plant
    Size: 280 MW

    Technology: Parabolic Trough Plant with storage
    Location: Gila Bend, Ariz.
    Power Purchaser: Arizona Public Service
    Estimate Completion Date: 2011
  • Owner: Ausra
    Project Name: Carrizo Energy Farm
    Size: 177 MW

    Technology: Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector
    Location: San Luis Obispo County, Calif.
    Power Purchaser: PG&E
    Status: Planned to start delivering power in 2010.
  • Owner: Stirling Energy Systems
    Project Name: Solar One
    Size: 500 MW
    with expansion option to 850 MW
    Technology: 20,000 - 34,000 solar dish Stirling systems
    Location: East of Barstow, Calif.
    Power Purchaser: Southern California Edison
  • Owner: Stirling Energy Systems
    Project Name: Solar Two
    Size: 300 MW
    with expansion options to 900 MW
    Technology: 12,000 - 36,000 solar dish Stirling systems
    Location: Imperial Valley near El Centro, CA
    Power Purchaser: San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Owner: Solel
    Project Name: Solel
    Size: 553 MW

    Technology: Solar thermal parabolic trough technology
    Location Mojave Desert
    Power Purchaser: PG&E
    Estimated Time Line: Scheduled for completion by 2011.
  • Owner: BrightSource
    Size: 100 MW

    Technology: Solar Thermal Central Power Tower
    Location: Ivanpah, California
    Power Purchaser: PG&E
    Estimated Completion: 2011 Project Details: This is one of three plants PG&E has agreed to purchase power from, totaling 500 MW with t
    he option to expand to 900 MW.
  • Owner: FPL Energy
    Project Name: SEGS III-VII
    Size: 150 MW

    Technology: Solar Thermal Parabolic Trough
    Location: Kramer Junction, Calif.
    Power Purchaser: Southern California Edison
    Operation Date: In service since 1998. Project Details: Made up of five 30 MW cluste
    rs. Originally developed by Luz, the company was bought by Solel which then sold the installations to FPL.
  • Owner: FPL Energy
    Project Name: SEGS VIII-IX
    Size: 160 MW

    Technology: Solar Thermal Parabolic Trough
    Location: Harper Lake, Calif.
    Power Purchaser: Southern California Edison
    Date: In service since 1990. Originally developed by Luz, the company was bought by Solel which then sold the installations to FPL.
  • Owner: FPL Energy
    Project Name: Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center
    Size: 75 MW

    Technology: Solar thermal
    Location: Martin County, Fla. at FPL's existing combined-cycle power plant.
    Estimated Time Line: Construction to commence by the beginning of 2009.
  • Owner: FPL Energy
    Project Name: DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center
    Size: 25 MW

    Technology: Photovoltaic solar
    Location: DeSoto County, Fla.
    Estimated Time Line: Construction is to start by end of 2008. Project Details: SunPower will design and build the power, FPL will own and operate it.
  • Owner: FPL Energy
    Project Name: Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center
    Size: 10 MW

    Technology: Photovoltaic solar
    Location: Kennedy Space Center
    Estimated Time Line: Construction to commence by the beginning of 2009 Project Details: SunPower will design and build the plant, FPL will own and operate it.
  • Owner: FPL Energy
    Project Name: Beacon Solar Energy Project
    Size: 250 MW

    Technology: Parabolic trough solar thermal
    Location: Kern County, Calif.
    Estimated Time Line: Construction to start 2009, commercial operation by Q3 2011.
  • Owner: SunPower
    Project Name: High Plains Ranch II
    Size: 250 MW

    Technology: Silicon photovoltaic
    Location: San Luis Obispo County, Calif.
    Power Purchaser: PG&E
    Estimated Completion: 2010
  • Owner: Acciona
    Project Name: Nevada Solar One plant
    Size: 64 MW

    Technology: Parabolic trough
    Location: Boulder City, NV
    Power Purchaser: Nevada Power Co., Sierra Pacific Power Co.
    Status: Operational since June 2007.
  • Owner: Cleantech America
    Project Name: CalRENEW-1
    Size: 5 MW

    Technology: Silicon photovoltaic
    Location: Mendota, Calif.
    Power Purchaser: PG&E
    Estimated Completion: 2009
  • Owner: GreenVolts
    Project Name: GV1
    Size: 2 MW

    Technology: High concentration photovoltaic
    Location: Tracy, Calif.
    Power Purchaser: PG&E
    Estimated Completion: 2009
  • Owner: SunEdison
    Size: 21.5 MW
    (estimated cost: $173 million)
    Technology: Silicon photovoltaic
    Location: Davidson County, N.C.
    Power Purchaser: Duke Energy
    Estimated Time Line: Construction of the farm is to commence in 2009 with a minimum of 16 megawatts delivered by the end of 2010.
  • Owner: First Solar
    Project Name: El Dorado Energy Solar Project
    Size: 10 MW

    Technology: Thin Film Photovoltaics
    Location: Boulder City, Nev.
    Power Purchaser: Sempra Generation
    Stats: Under construction, planned for complete by the end of 2008
  • Owner: First Solar
    Size: 7.5 MW
    (with the potential to scale up to 21 MW)
    Technology: Thin Film Solar
    Location: Blythe, Calif.
    Power Purchaser: Southern California Edison
  • Owner: Solargenix
    Project Name: Saguaro Solar Power Plant
    Size: 1 MW

    Technology: Parabolic Trough
    Location: Red Rock, Ariz.
    Power Purchaser: Arizona Public Service
    Status: Operating since April 2006
    Details: "The major players in the project are Solargenix, now a subsidiary of Spain's Acciona Group, as the overall system designer and integrator; Germany's Schott provided the solar receivers, which are the key component of transferring the sun's energy into useable heat; Ormat, which provided the generator; and Arizona Public Service Company (APS), the state's dominant energy utility, which purchased the USD$ 6.1 million turnkey project and its electrical output equivalent to the needs of more than 200 average homes." From RenewableEnergyWorld
  • Owner: Emcore Corp. & SunPeak Power
    Turnkey Provider: Emcore Corporation Project Developer: SunPeak Size: 200 MW
    to 700 MW
    Technology: Lens Concentrating Photovoltaic
    Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Power Purchaser:
    Status: SunPeak said it would secure land and grid permits and access throughout 2008 and construction was scheduled to begin in 2009, but the project is contingent on the ITC's renewal.
  • Owner: Inland Energy Inc.
    Size: 50 MW
    (plus 500 MW natural gas)
    Technology: Parabolic Trough Solar Thermal
    Power Purchaser:
    Details: The company's sites seem a little odd, but the plant is listed as being in "preconstruction" by the California Energy Commission.
  • Owner: Inland Energy Inc.
    Developer: Inland Energy, Inc. Project Name: Victorville Hybrid Gas-Solar Plant
    Size: 50 MW
    solar plus 500 MW natural gas.
    Technology: Parabolic Trough Solar Thermal
    Location: Victorville, CA
    Power Purchaser:
    Details: Originally filed in February 2007, the plant git full approval from the California Energy Commission in July of 2008. The developer hoped to start construction in the summer of 2008 with operations starting in summer 2010.
  • Owner: Inland Energy, Inc.
    Developer: Inland Energy, Inc. Project Name: Palmdale Hybrid Gas-Solar Plant
    Size: 50 MW
    solar plus 550 MW natural gas.
    Technology: Parabolic Trough Solar Thermal
    Location: Victorville, CA
    Power Purchaser:
    Details: The developer just filed an application with the California Energy Commission for this plant in August 2008. The developer hopes to begin commercial operation in summer 2013.
  • Owner: San Joaquin Solar, LLC
    Technology: Solar Thermal Trough with biofuel turbines
    Size: 106.8 MW
    (from two separate 53.4 facilities) combines solar thermal-biofeul output
    Details: During the peak times of available sunlight, San Joaquin Solar.s projects will function the same way other solar thermal plant are supposed to . using the suns rays to heat liquid to run turbines that generate electricity. But at night, or when there.s little sun, the steam turbines will kick over to run off of biomass, solving one of the key problems of solar generation. Status: Commercial operations are planned to begin in 2011.
  • Owner: Nellis Air Force Base
    Nellis Air Force Base Developer: MMA Renewable Ventures and SunPower Size: 14 MW

    Technology: Silicon Photovoltaic
    Power Purchaser: U.S. Air Force and Nevada Power
    Status: Generating power since December 2007.
  • Owner: APS
    Developer: APS and the City of Prescott Project Name: Prescott Airport Solar Plant
    Technology: Single axis tracking flat plate PV, and two-axis tracking High Concentrating PV. Solar Module Manufacturers:BP Solar, Sharp Electronics, Amonix
    Size: 3.5 MW

    Details: Started in 2002, over 5 MW is planned to cover 55 acres. Over 3.5 MW of one-axis PV is under construction, using conventionalPV panels. These systems deliver more energy from the solar panels by rotating them on a horizontal axis throughout the day. Status: Commercial delivery of 3 MW began in 2006, while more capacity is still under construction.
  • Owner: Sunray
    Project Name: SEGS I
    Owner/Operator: Sunray Energy, Inc.
    Developer: Luz Industries
    Power Purchaser: Southern California Edison
    Size: 13.8 MW

    Technology: Solar steam generation with natural gas superheating, including three hours of thermal energy storage.
    Status: Commercial operation since 1985
  • Owner: Sunray
    Project Name: SEGS I
    Owner/Operator: Sunray Energy, Inc. Developer: Luz Power Purchaser: Southern California Edison
    Size: 30 MW

    Technology: Solar steam generation with natural gas superheating, including three hours of thermal energy storage.
    Status: Commercial operation since 1986
  • Owner: Pepco Energy
    Size: 2.36 MW

    Technology: Silicon photovoltaic
    Location: Roof of the Atlantic City Convention Center
    Power Purchaser: Atlantic City Convention Center
    Details: When completed, Pepco says this will be the largest rooftop solar installation on a single roof. Status: Construction is scheduled to finish by the end of 2008.
  • Owner: Tuscon Electric Power
    Owner/Operator: Tuscon Electric Power Size: 4.6 MW

    Technology: Photovoltaic Cells
    Location: Springerville, Ariz.
    Status: Commercially operating since 2003.
  • Owner: Recurrent Energy
    Project Name: Sunset Reservoir
    Size: 4.8 MW
    (combined with Pier 96)
    Technology: Photovoltaic
    Power Purchaser: San Francisco Public Utility Commission
    Status: SFPUC has approved the project and agreed to purchase the power from this and the Pier 96 installation in a 25 year agreement. Pending ITC, the project is scheduled for completion in 2009.
  • Owner: Optisolar
    Project Name: Petrolia 20 MW Project
    Size: 20 MW

    Technology: Amorphous silicon thin-film solar
    Location: Petrolia, Ontario
    Power Purchaser: Chatham-Kent Hydro
    Estimated dates: Construction to start 2008, completion by 2010 Details: This will be two 10 MW farms.
  • Owner: Optisolar
    Project Name: Sarnia 50 MW Project
    Size: 50 MW

    Technology: Amorphous silicon thin-film solar
    Location: Sarnia, Ontario
    Power Purchaser: Bluewater Power via Ontario Power Authority
    Estimated time line: Construction is scheduled to start in 2008 and be completed by 2010. Details: The project consists of five 10 MW farms
  • Owner: Optisolar
    Project Name: Tilbury 20 MW Project
    Size: 20 MW

    Technology: Amorphous silicon thin-film solar
    Location: Tilbury, Ontario
    Power Purchaser: Chatham-Kent Energy via Ontario Power Authority
    Estimated time line: Construction is scheduled to being in 2009 and power will start to be delivered in 2010. Details: The project will consist of two 10MW farms

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