The Mojave Solar plant is a 280MW utility-scale solar thermal electric plant located approximately 100 miles’ northeast of Los Angeles, near Barstow, California.  The plant is owned by Atlantica Yield, and is operated by Abengoa, and international sustainable power developer, with offices in the U.S.  The financing for this plant was facilitated by a $1.2B loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy.  The plant became operational in December 2014, and the output is sold too Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Power Analytics has been the primary electrical engineering consultant for the Abengoa Mojave Solar plant since March 2014.  Our team has completed multiple discrete power engineering projects for this plant, including in-depth safety assessments during its construction, commissioning, and daily operations. Our services, which continue today, include:

 

  • Modeling the power system, using our Paladin® DesignBase software suite;
  • Performing simulations and studies, including power flow, protective relay coordination studies (including coordination improvement of prior vendor studies), device settings’ review and improvement, short circuit analysis, and arc flash analysis of both the plant systems and the solar field equipment; and,
  • Updating electrical one-line diagrams, schematics, and management dashboards and reports.  

 

The Power Analytics professional engineers, and our patented power safety software, enabled the owners of the Mojave Solar plant to meet all the safety specifications of the California Bureau Veritas during plant construction, and all necessary approvals of the California Public Utility Commission when this facility was being commissioned.  Today, Power Analytics continues to serve the site personnel and owners of the Mojave Solar plant through services and software that allow this plant to operate safely, efficiently, and profitably, while providing reliable, renewable power to PG&E.

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