The California Energy Commission has approved the development of the Abengoa Mojave Solar Project.
Energy Commissioner Anthony Eggert said that the facility’s 250MW of clean, renewable energy brings them closer to meeting California’s renewable energy and climate goals.
The Abengoa Mojave Solar Project is being planned by Abengoa Solar subsidiary, Mojave Solar.
The project will use parabolic trough technology where parabolic mirrors heat a transfer fluid to generate steam, which in turn generates electricity through steam turbine generators.
The facility will be constructed on 1,765 acres of private land, which had originally been developed for agricultural purposes.
Work on the solar farm will start in the fourth quarter of 2010 with commercial service by the first quarter of 2013.