Martifer withdraws hybrid solar-biomass plant application

Martifer Renewables Electricity is dropping plans for a 107MW hybrid concentrating solar power-biomass plant in California, citing project economics, among other issues.

The US renewables unit of the Portuguese energy company applied to the California Energy Commission (CEC) in November 2008 for permission to build San Joaquin Solar 1 and 2 in Fresno County. Also that year, the developer contracted to sell the plant’s expected annual output of 774,000MWh – suggesting a capacity factor above 80% – to giant California utility Pacific Gas & Electric under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

The idea was to generate a consistent, firm supply of electricity by using solar energy during the day, supplemented Log in to read complete article.

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