Renewables, Solar

Genesis Interior approved

The U.S. Department of the Interior approved construction of the $1 billion, 250 MW Genesis solar power plant, which will be owned by NextEra Energy Inc.

The Genesis project will be located in Riverside County, Calif. State regulators approved the project in September.

The facility will use rows of parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight on collector tubes to carry heated oil to a boiler, which then sends steam to a turbine generator to produce electricity. PG&E has signed a power purchase agreement for output from the facility.

The Interior Department approved six other large-scale solar power plants in California and Nevada, including the 1,000 MW Blythe, the 663.5 MW Calico, and the Silver State projects.

There was no word on when construction would begin, but NextEra officials said they plan to start “soon.”

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