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This page provides information on Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration. Ivanpah consists of a total of three separate units, Ivanpah 1 has a total capacity of 126 MW and Ivanpah 2 and 3 are both 133 MW each. Upon completion, Ivanpah will be the largest solar thermal power tower system in the world.

                                  

Project Overview
Project Name:Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS)
Country:United States
Location:Primm, NV, California
Owner(s):NRG Energy; BrightSource Energy; Google
Technology:Power tower
Turbine Capacity:Net: 377.0 MW Gross: 392.0 MW
Status:Operational
Start Year:2014

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Background
Technology:Power tower
Status:Operational
Country:United States
City:Primm, NV
State:California
County:San Bernardino
Lat/Long Location:35°33′ 8.5″ North, 115°27′ 30.97″ West
Land Area:3,500 acres
Solar Resource:2,717 kWh/m2/yr
Source of Solar Resource:NREL Solar Power Prospector
Electricity Generation:1,079,232 MWh/yr (Expected/Planned)
Break Ground:2010/10/1
Start Production:2014/1/1
Cost (approx):2,200 USD million
Construction Job-Years:1896
Annual O&M Jobs:90
PPA/Tariff Date:2010/1/1
PPA/Tariff Period:25 years
Project Type:Commercial
Incentives:$1.6 billion in federal loan guarantees
Participants
Developer(s):BrightSource Energy
Owner(s) (%):NRG Energy; BrightSource Energy; Google
EPC Contractor:Bechtel Engineering
Generation Offtaker(s):Pacific Gas & Electric; Southern California Edison
Receiver Manufacturer:Riley Power
Turbine Manufacturer:Siemens SST-900
Solar Field
Heliostat Solar-Field  Aperture Area:2,600,000 m²
# of Heliostats:173,500
Heliostat Aperture Area:15.0 m²
Heliostat Description:Each heliostat consists of two mirrors
Tower Height:459 ft
Receiver Type:Solar receiver steam generator
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type:Water
Receiver Inlet Temp:480F
Receiver Outlet Temp:1050F
Receiver Temp. Difference:570F
Power Block
Turbine Capacity (Gross):392.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net):377.0 MW
Output Type:Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure:160.0 bar
Cooling Method:Dry cooling
Annual Solar-to-Electricity  Efficiency (Gross):28.72%
Fossil Backup Type:Natural gas
Thermal Storage
Storage Type:None


*Reference from NREL

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