California's 485-MW Blythe solar facility gets to full power

Sep 26, 2022 12:25 PM ET
  • The 485-MW Blythe solar complicated and also its 387-MW battery storage system in California's Riverside County are totally operational, the Department of the Interior introduced on Wednesday.
California's 485-MW Blythe solar facility gets to full power
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The photovoltaic (PV) park consists of 4 systems-- two 110-MW plants and one more 2 of 125 MW-- and will certainly be capable of producing enough electrical energy for around 145,500 houses. Located on public land areas taken care of by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the solar farm facility was mounted in phases that were started in between January 2015 and November 2020.

The Blythe project was permitted as part of California's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). The system was originated as a 1-GW allegorical trough concentrated solar park by Palo Verde Solar I LLC, a subsidiary of Solar Millenium, which applied for bankruptcy in 2012. The modern technology was transformed to solar photovoltaic or pv (PV) after the project was obtained by NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center LLC, an unit of NextEra Energy Inc

BLM noted it is currently refining 64 utility-scale clean energy projects on public lands in the western United States that can include greater than 41,000 MW of sustainable generation capability to the western electric grid. Last month, it introduced the complete commissioning of the 457-MW Palen solar facility in California's Riverside County, sited on federal lands.



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