The California Energy Commission approved plans for the proposed 570 MW Palmdale hybrid power plant in Palmdale, Calif. The hybrid will integrate solar thermal technology in the project’s natural gas-fired steam system.
The project’s combined-cycle, natural gas-fired system will use two natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine generator with arrays of parabolic collectors to heat a fluid to boil water to generate steam.
The city will begin construction after securing a developer and a power purchase deal. Commercial operation could be in 2013.
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