Coalinga Solar Plant

The Coalinga Solar Plant is a solar thermal plant in the oil fields of western Kern County, built in 2012. Rather than heat brine to make steam for electricity, the plant generates steam to inject into oil wells, something that is normally done with natural gas-fired steam plants, in this region of thick and heavy crude. The plant is one of a kind, designed to prove the technology. It produces the equivalent of around 13 megawatts of electricity, and has 3,800 heliostats aimed at a 327-foot tall tower.

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