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Can This Be the Next World’s Largest Solar Power Plant?

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Largest Solar Power Plant

An upcoming solar power plant will be built somewhere in Nevada, and it will be the world’s largest.

This is what the California-based energy company SolarReserve has promised to deliver, keeping up with the race towards building the biggest solar power plant there is. Its CEO Kevin Smith said that the $5 billion project will generate 1,500 and 2,000 megawatts, which can power about 1 million U.S. homes. That is equivalent to a nuclear power plant or the 2,000-megawatt Hoover Dam.

SolarReserve calls it the Sandstone Project which will be a 6,500-hectare concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. It will have at least 100,000 mirrored heliostats to capture the sunlight, concentrating it to 10 towers which contain the molten salt energy storage system. The molten salt, heated to more than 1,000 degrees, then boils water and creates a steam turbine that will generate electricity round the clock.

According to Smith, the project won’t happen for another two to three years. But once construction begins, he estimates that it will create about 3,000 jobs for about seven years.

The company already has a CSP plant operational near Tonopah (pictured above), which is regarded as the world’s first 24/7 solar power plant, able to power 75,000 homes. It brags for not having any requirement or natural gas or oil backup.

SolarReserve is a developer of utility-scale solar power projects which include Concentrated Solar Power and Photovoltaic technology. The company has commercialized solar thermal energy storage technology that enables solar power tower CSP plants to deliver electricity day and night.

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SolarReserve is a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects, which include electricity generation by solar thermal energy and photovoltaic panels. In addition, SolarReserve has commercialized a proprietary advanced solar thermal technology with integrated energy storage that solves the intermittency issues experienced with other renewable energy sources. This proven US-developed technology generates renewable baseload and dispatchable power and can compete with traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation. The company currently has more than $1.8 billion of projects in operation worldwide, with development and long-term power contracts for 775 megawatts (MW) of solar projects representing $3.4 billion of project capital.

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Mechanical engineer living in Dubai. Blogger, writer and tech nerd. Love Dubai, love earth, love social good stuff. Follow me on Twitter @maryamkhalid95


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