Location: Riverside County, CA
Eligibility: 1705 (FIPP)
In August 2011, the Department of Energy issued an $852 million partial loan guarantee to support the development of the Genesis Solar Project, a 250 MW parabolic trough concentrating solar power (CSP) plant that will provide energy for more than 60,000 homes and, when completed, the project will be one of the largest parabolic trough CSP facilities in the nation.
The project utilizes parabolic trough solar collectors to capture and concentrate sunlight to heat synthetic oil, which then heats water to create steam. The steam is piped to a steam turbine generator to produce electricity. The solar thermal technology will provide 100% of the power generated by the plant.
The project is expected to create 800 construction jobs and 47 permanent jobs for the plant’s operations. In November 2013, the first of two 125 MW units achieved commercial operations under the project’s Power Purchase Agreement.
The project is expected to produce almost 700,000 MWh of electrical generation and avoid more than 393,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to the emissions of nearly 84,000 vehicles.