TUESDAY 21 APRIL, 2009 |
$1.4 Billion Solar Farm For Arizona
The Arizona Department of Commerce has announced a AUD $1.4 billion solar farm
to be built near Kingman next year.
The solar power plant is expected to generate enough electricity for 50,000 homes once
it commences operations in 2013.
According to the Department of Commerce, The Kingman plant will generated 2,000
construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs and will be situated on 1,400 acres of
land. The area was selected as it was one of the few places with adequate power
line transmission support.
based solar farms, the Kingman plant will utilise concentrated
solar power (CSP) solar thermal technology where reflective mirrors called
heliostats reflect and concentrate sunlight onto liquid-filled tubes used to
generate steam and spin turbines.
One of the challenges of any solar
project is energy storage to provide baseload power at night and during
cloudy days. In the case of the Kingman plant, a massive salt
will be used that can maintain 98% thermal efficiency up to several
The plant will be constructed by Albiasa Solar of Spain.
The plant is the second concentrated solar power facility to select Arizona.
Abengoa Solar announced last year it is building a 280-megawatt
solar-thermal plant 100 kilometres southwest of
Phoenix, near Gila Bend. Operating at full
capacity, the Solana plant will provide clean electricity for 70,000 Arizona homes.
The Solana Generating Station will cover 3 square miles and consisit of 2,700
parabolic trough collectors. Located on what is currently agricultural land, the
power plant will use 75 percent less water than the current use of the property.
Arizona Public Service Co. will buy the energy from the Solana power plant once
it is operational.
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