Solel Solar Systems Ltd.
Solel Solar Systems Ltd.
Corporate Office Marketing
Tel: 972-2-995 0111 Fax 972-2-999 5521
Office of the U.S. Subsidiary
701 North Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89074
The Solel team has the organization, the resources and the project management capabilities needed to design, manufacture and install solar fields for large scale power generation. Longstanding, field-proven experience with parabolic trough solar thermal plants has brought the cost of kWhe produced to competitive market levels.
Led by a team of solar professionals, Solel’s engineering staff combines proven experience with field-tested know-how and draws on more than twenty years of solar thermal research and commercial implementations. Solel employs more than 280 people in their Beit Shemesh, Israel headquarters and has a West Coast U.S. subsidiary.
The company has invested substantial financial resources over the last 14 years to improve the yearly electrical output of the solar fields and in reducing their installation, operations and maintenance costs, resulting in significant improvements to the overall cost-effectiveness of the parabolic trough solar technology.
Solel Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Solel Solar Systems, is a leading developer of solar power plants. Solel Inc. teams with major players in the fields of engineering design, environmental services, transmission and financing to develop utility scale power plants, both in clusters and in stand-alone configurations.
Solel Inc. is developing the 553 MW Mojave Solar Park 1 (MSP-1), the world’s largest solar thermal power plant, in California’s Mojave Desert. In July 2007, Solel Inc. concluded a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to provide it with electricity from MSP-1. Solel will build MSP-1 using Solel 6, Solel’s industry leading solar thermal collector. MSP-1 will encompass nine square miles and will provide PG&E with 1,388 gigawatts of energy annually at a price competitive with plants powered by fossil fuels.
Solel Inc.’s major focus is the southwest region of the U.S., the world’s largest identified market, with its abundant energy source and excellent proximity to population centers. A report commissioned by the WGA (Western Governor’s Association) predicted that peak power demand by 2015 in the six southwestern states (California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah) will grow by 34 GW, of which 20% (7 GW) is targeted to be provided through renewable power sources.
Solel’s technology converts sunshine into useful thermal energy, and subsequently into electricity, by way of parabolic mirrors that concentrate the solar energy onto solar thermal receivers containing a heat transfer fluid. The heat transfer fluid is circulated and heated through the receivers, and the heat is released to a series of heat exchangers to generate super-heated steam. The steam powers a turbine/generator to produce electricity delivered to a utility’s electric grid.
A central computerized tracking facility enables optimal absorption of the sun’s energy by automatically adjusting the alignment of the parabolic mirrors. From the moment the sun rises until it dips over the horizon, all of its rays are captured and converted into usable energy.
With a back-up of alternative fuels, a solar plant can operate beyond daylight hours.
Diagram of System