SolarReserve (Santa Monica, California, US) plans to include thermal energy storage into the plant’s solar power tower design.
The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, a 100 megawatt (MW) concentrating solar power (CSP) project proposed for public land in the US state of Arizona.
A transmission line associated with the project was also included in the EIS, and the BLM proposes right-of-way approvals for both. A final decision will be made on the project in spring 2013.
Developer SolarReserve (Santa Monica, California, US) plans to include thermal energy storage into the plant’s solar power tower design.
The plant will include up to 17,500 heliostats on 678 hectares of land, a 200 meter central tower, and a 2.4 kilometer transmission line that will connect to the Western Power Administration grid.
Artist’s rendering of the Quartzsite CSP plant, which will be based on solar power tower technology.
The BLM has also proposed that its Yuma Field Office to amend the visual resource management classes in its land use plan to allow for the project.