Renewables, Solar

Blythe solar approved

17 September 2010– The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved the planned $5 billion, 1 GW Blythe parabolic solar trough plant, being jointly developed by Solar Millennium and Chevron Energy Systems.

The development still needs approval from the federal Bureau of Land Management, which is scheduled to make a decision before the end of October. Construction is scheduled to begin in 4Q 2010, with initial commercial operations to begin in 2Q 2013.

Blythe would consist of four, 250 MW nominal capacity parabolic trough concentrating solar power plants, cooled by air.

The CEC is trying to review nine large-scale CSP plants before the end of 2010, hoping to allow developers to begin construction before a deadline to qualify for federal stimulus funding that covers 30 percent of their costs.

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