Solana, the world’s biggest parabolic trough CSP plant

After successfully passing the final production tests in October 2013, Solana, Abengoa’s first U.S. plant with CSP storage and the world’s biggest plant using parabolic trough technology, producing 280 MW gross, went into commercial operation.

Thanks to its thermal storage system, Solana CSP plant can produce electricity for six hours outside the solar field – a major breakthrough for the industry, as evidenced by the ability to store solar energy and subsequently distribute it, adapting to demand.

Solana began to take shape after signing a power supply agreement with Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest electricity utility, which will purchase 100% of the electricity produced by the plant over the next 30 years. Construction began in late 2010, when the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Abengoa a federal loan guarantee worth $1.45bn to successfully close a financial deal with the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) and begin construction.

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2014