08 Sep '12, 8pm

100-MW Solar Power Plant for California Central Valley: Filed under: Energy News

Jake, the California Energy Commission is talking about 1 megawatt of power meeting the needs of 1,000 homes at a moment in time. This is based on a simple calculation, as the link notes, of 0.5 load factor and a 2 kW peak for each home. 2 kW x 0.5 = 1 kW per home. But this is at a moment in time. What’s more important — and what PG&E is referring to with the 36,000 figure — is an estimate of how much power the 100 MW solar plant will produce in the course of a year, and how many homes’ power demand that will meet. To figure this out, we need to know the size of the power plant, its capacity factor, and the average annual household energy demand. We know this is planned as a 100 MW plant. We also know that with its tracking technology, SunPower has in the past claimed a capacity factor of around 30 percent, higher than typical for solar PV. Based on this, we can estimate t...

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