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August 31, 2021

Solar Electric Generating Station-I – Thermal Energy Storage System, US

By Carmen

The Solar Electric Generating Station-I – Thermal Energy Storage System is a 13,800kW energy storage project located in San Bernardino, Daggett, California, US.

The thermal energy storage project uses others as its storage technology. The project was commissioned in 1985.


The Solar Electric Generating Station-I – Thermal Energy Storage System was developed by BrightSource Industries (Israel). The project is owned by Cogentrix Energy Power Management (100%).

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

Contractors involved

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BrightSource Industries (Israel) and Cogentrix Energy Power Management have delivered the project.

Additional information

Project Status is currently non-operational as the storage system was damaged by fire in 1999 and was not replaced.

About BrightSource Industries (Israel)

BrightSource Industries (Israel), Ltd. (BSII) is a renewable energy company. The company designs, develops, and deploys solar thermal technology to produce electricity and steam for power, petroleum, and industrial-process markets. Its projects include Ivanpah, Coalinga, Hidden Hills and SEDC. BSII manages an about 90,000 acre development site portfolio in California and the US. The company uses air to cool the steam in the power plants got reducing water usage. Its investors include VANTAGEPOINT CAPITAL PARTNERS, Morgan Stanley, BLACK RIVER, DRAPER FISHER JURVETSON, DBL INVESTORS, alternativenergy, Statoilhydro Venture and Human Energy. The company partners with ALSTOM, Google, saslo reaching new frontiers, Chevron and nrg. BSII is headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel.


All publicly-announced energy storage projects included in this analysis are drawn from GlobalData’s Power IC. The information regarding the projects are sourced through secondary information sources such as country specific power players, company news and reports, statistical organisations, regulatory body, government planning reports and their publications and is further validated through primary from various stakeholders such as power utility companies, consultants, energy associations of respective countries, government bodies and professionals from leading players in the power sector.

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