ARB Industrial successfully completed the construction of Genesis Solar Project in Blythe, California. The project was completed ahead of schedule despite many issues such as re-prioritizing and moving an SCE installation from Unit 1 to 2 because of archeological and cultural findings in late-2011 and early-2012, early production ramp-up growing pains, and supplier delivery and quality problems, among
others. Along the way, thanks to our construction team, we reached the rate of about 100 SCEs installation per day, or about 10 minutes per SCE, a greatly improved production rate compared to any other similar project anywhere in the world. Our customer Nextera Energy acknowledged our achievement by reiterating "Special thanks to ARB, our excellent contractor, and to the Blattner members of the construction management team for getting us to this important milestone.”
For ARB Industrial, the Genesis Solar project was the first of its kind; and although it was challenging, it brought us success on many levels. First of all with taking on construction of renewable energy projects of this magnitude, we established ourselves as a company that cares about the environment and our future generations. We also gained valuable experience and adapted new methods of process optimization that will help us in similar future projects.
This project is sited on 1,800 acre of public land administered by Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and is located north of Interstate-10, in Riverside County, 20 miles west of Blythe. The project, a 250-megawatt solar energy plant, is one of the largest in the world, capable of generating enough
electricity to power nearly 88,000 homes, and will avoid approximately 330,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually compared to a natural gas power plant for more than 30 years. Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology was used. The solar collectors capture and concentrate sunlight to heat synthetic oil, which then heats water to create steam. The steam is piped to an on-site turbine-generator to produce electricity. The solar thermal technology will provide 100 percent of the power generated by the plant. No supplemental fuel for electricity production is needed.
Our scope of work included all mechanical and piping work in the solar field which comprises of installing production JIGs, erecting and aligning all Pylons; assembling, installing, and leveling all Solar Collector Elements (SCEs all 22,000 of them); fabricating and installing all the Heat Collector Elements (HCE) tubes, and all the header pipes, and more. Thanks to the foresight of leadership at ARB, our diligent work from our estimating group, our dedicated and competent construction team, and the rest of the ARB support, Genesis Solar was completed safe, ahead of schedule and productive.