30 Jan '13, 9am

California Solar Project Includes Energy Storage

California Solar Project Includes Energy Storage

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a power purchase agreement under which Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) would purchase electricity from SolarReserve’s 150-megawatt Rice Solar Energy Project. The world’s first commercial-scale solar power plant that works at night because of energy storage. Image Source: Torresol Energy According to SolarReserve , this will be the largest solar project in California to incorporate energy storage. Located in Riverside County, the project will cost $750 million and is expected to generate more than 5,300 direct, indirect, and induced jobs. Once completed, this project will be able to power up to 65,000 homes during peak electricity periods. It is a solar thermal steam power plant which utilizes thermal molten salt energy storage, which can provide solar power for eight to ten hours when there is a lack of sunlight. It o...

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