“Victor Valleys Plant #2 is the first hybrid plant of its kind in the world” - Mayor Mike Rothschild
In response to the looming shortage of electric generating capacity facing Southern California and to help generate local economic growth, the City of Victorville unanimously voted on March 11, 2005 to develop a 570MW “Hybrid” power plant at the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA - formerly, George AFB). The City has retained Inland Energy, Inc. to manage the development of the plant which has been named the “Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Plant” (VV2).
VV2 will be the world’s first “hybrid” plant, combining the ultra high efficiency of the modern natural gas fired combined cycle technology with the proven renewable design of a solar thermal system, using parabolic trough mirrors to capture the sun’s energy and turn it into electricity. Much like a hybrid car, this approach combines the best features of two state-of-the-art technologies to produce a design that is an improvement over either one as stand-alone technologies. The result will be the cleanest and most efficient fossil fuel fired plant in the world.
The proposed Victorville 2 project would have a net electrical output of 563 MW megawatts (MW), with construction planned to begin in the spring of 2009 and commercial operation planned by summer of 2011. Victorville 2 is designed to use solar technology to generate a portion of the project’s output and thereby support the State of California’s goal of increasing the percentage of renewable energy supplies. Primary equipment for the generating facility would include two natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators (CTGs) rated at 154 MW each, two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), one steam turbine generator (STG) rated at 268 MW, and 250 acres of parabolic solar-thermal collectors with associated heat transfer equipment. The solar thermal collectors would contribute up to 50 MW of the STG’s 268 MW output, and with plant auxiliary loads of about 13 MW, Victorville 2’s net output would be 563 MW.