Solacor 1 started commercial operation on February 1, 2012. Solacor 2, is planned to come online in the near future. Abengoa will operate both facilities and will retain a 74 percent stake in the projects.
These two plants, with a total of 121,000 installed mirrors combined, covering an area the size of about 300 soccer fields, concentrate sunlight and generate steam at a temperature of 400 degrees. The steam drives two 50-MW turbines which generate electricity.
Utilizing parabolic trough technology, the plants combined will produce enough energy to meet the electricity needs of 52,000 households and will prevent approximately 63,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
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