USD$1.2 billion DOE loan guarantee offered to MSP


When complete, the Mojave Solar Project (MSP), located in San Bernardino County, California, is projected to increase the U.S.’ installed CSP capacity by around 50 percent.

In a statement issued by Abengoa, total investment will reach approximately USD$1.6 billion. With construction already underway, the project is scheduled to be online by 2014.

It is hoped over 830 construction and 70 permanent jobs will be created. Electric utility PG&E has signed a power purchase agreement to buy the generated power over a period of 25 years.

According to a statement released by DOE, around 80 percent of total costs, including capital equipment and labor, are expected to be sourced in the U.S.

"MSP will purchase all of the receiver tubes from a facility in New Mexico, the parabolic trough mirrors from a new facility in Arizona and other key equipment from different suppliers in several states across the country," it said.

Abengoa is said to be currently building 1,010 MW of solar plants. The MSP, when completed, will be Abengoa’s 16th CSP plant.