Aera Energy partners with Glasspoint to build California’s largest solar plant

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Located at the Belridge oilfield west of Bakersfield, the integrated solar project will be the first of its kind in the world to use solar steam and solar electricity to power oilfield operations. Animation: Glasspoint

Aera Energy, one of California’s largest oil and gas producers, partnered with GlassPoint to build California’s largest solar energy project.

Jointly owned by Shell and ExxonMobil, Aera represents 100 years of California oil industry leadership. Located at the Belridge oilfield west of Bakersfield, the integrated solar project will be the first of its kind in the world to use solar steam and solar electricity to power oilfield operations, reducing the oilfield’s carbon emissions. Once complete, the Belridge Solar plant will deliver the largest peak energy output of any solar project in California.

The project will consist of an 850 MW solar thermal facility, generating 12 million barrels of emissions-free steam per year, and a 26.5 MW photovoltaic facility, generating electricity. Aera will use the solar-generated steam and electricity onsite, saving 4.87 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

As a result, the Belridge Solar project will save more than 376,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. That’s equivalent to offsetting 80,000 cars—more than a third of the cars in Bakersfield today.

The facility will conserve natural resources and reduce NOx and other local pollutants, improving air quality in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the state’s most challenged air districts.

During peak construction, Belridge Solar will create upwards of 500 construction jobs, in addition to hundreds of indirect jobs in California throughout the oil and gas supply chain and supporting industries and services.

Aera and GlassPoint plan to break ground on the Belridge solar plant in the first half of 2019. The project is expected to start producing steam and electricity as early as 2020.

 

2017-11-30 | Source: Glasspoint | solarserver.com © EEM Energy & Environment Media GmbH

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