The Solana Solar Generating Plant – Molten Salt Thermal Storage System is a 280,000kW energy storage project located in Gila Bend, Arizona, US.

The thermal energy storage project uses molten salt as its storage technology. The project was commissioned in 2013.


The Solana Solar Generating Plant – Molten Salt Thermal Storage System was developed by Abengoa Solar. The project is owned by Abengoa Solar (50%), a subsidiary of Abengoa and Qurate Retail (50%).

The key applications of the project are renewables energy time shift and renewables capacity firming.

Contractors involved

Abengoa Solar and Qurate Retail have delivered the project.

Additional information

The Energy Storage System is funded by US Department of Energy, Loan Guarantee Program Office (LGP) – Section 1705 Loan Program.

About Abengoa Solar

Abengoa Solar SA (Abengoa Solar), a subsidiary of Abengoa SA is an alternative energy company that offers solar power generation solutions. The company develops, builds and operates commercial concentrating solar power and photovoltaic power plants. It offers management services in the development, design, engineering, procurement and construction of parabolic trough, tower solar thermal plants and PV plants; design, manufacture and marketing of components for solar plants developed both within abengoa solar and in collaboration with partners; and others. Abengoa Solar also provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) turnkey services of its solar thermal and photovoltaic plants. The company operates in the US, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, Algeria, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, India and Australia. Abengoa Solar is headquartered in Seville, Spain.


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