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The Ivanpah concentrating solar plant was welcomed with great fanfare when it was built and first put into service in 2014.

In 2018, the power plant produced more electricity than any other single year. However, it still does not generate as much electricity as was originally expected.

2018 production, MWh
Ivanpah 1: 242,476
Ivanpah 2: 277,054
Ivanpah 3: 276,326
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Total 795,856 MWh

Unit 1: https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/browser/#/plant/57074?f...
U2: https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/browser/#/plant/57073?f...
U3: https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/browser/#/plant/57075?f...

The plant was designed to produce 1,079,232 MWh per year.
https://solarpaces.nrel.gov/ivanpah-solar-electric-generatin...

Therefore, in 2018, Ivanpah produced about 74% of the electricity it was originally designed for. It has never achieved over 800,000 MWh per year.

From the first 3 links above, we can also see the plant consumed 1.28 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2018. When they burned that gas as part of the power plant operations, it produced over 70,000 tonnes of CO2.
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In contrast, the state of California is eager to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Diablo Canyon has a capacity of 2,256 MW, and last year produced 18,213,519 MWh.

Ivanpah
377 MW capacity
795,856 MWh produced annually
24% capacity factor
70,100 tonnes of CO2 produced annually

Diablo Canyon
2,256 MW capacity
18,213,519 MWh produced annually
92% capacity factor
Negligible carbon emissions as part of normal power operations

Diablo Canyon, a safe and productive power plant, will be shut down in a few years. Ivanaph will presumably stay in operation. With Ivanpah, you also get the extra benefit of lighting birds on fire, as they stray into the high flux solar field created by the mirrors.

- Pete
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