Solar Thermal Technology Making Natural Gas Look Better. Again
The City of Palmdale proposes to construct, own, and operate the Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant (PHPP), an innovative 570 megawatt (MW) electric generating facility.Â Â Â It combines the ultra-high efficiency clean burning natural gas fired combined cycle turbine technology (note: clean here does not refer to the amount of co2 it will produce.) with the state-of-the-art renewable solar equipment-the parabolic trough solar thermal design.
The resulting fully integrated “hybrid” design is the first of its kind in the world and will instantly make the City of Palmdale, as owner of the facility, one of the leaders in the electric generating field.
“The project will provide reliable and consistent power,” said Commissioner Karen Douglas, who is the presiding member for the committee reviewing the Palmdale project.
The PMPD said the project, as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards. The decision was based solely on the record of facts which were established during the facility’s evidentiary hearings as part of the application for certification.
The PMPD determined that the record, which contains a detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act, was adequate. The record includes the Energy Commission staff’s thorough and independent assessment of the project’s potential impacts on the environment, public health, and safety.
The proposed project consists of natural gas-fired, combined-cycle generating equipment integrated with solar thermal generating equipment. During daylight hours when the parabolic solar thermal collectors are in use, the solar field will provide about 10 percent of the peak power generated. The solar field will provide heat directly to the heat-recovery steam generators to produce steam, reducing the natural gas used at the facility.
The Palmdale project, which is being proposed by the city of Palmdale, would be located on a 333-acre industrial site located in the northern portion of the city. The site is part of a 613.4-acre property owned by the city. The property, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, is located northwest of the Los Angeles/Palmdale Regional Airport and U.S. Air Force Plant 42.
The city of Palmdale plans to start construction after securing a developer and a power purchase agreement for the project.
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