Friday, December 30, 2011


Nevada Welcomes First Domestic Solar-Geothermal Energy Facility

The Stillwater power station in Churchill County, about 80 miles east of Reno, will add a 24-MW array of solar photovoltaic panels (peak capacity) to an existing 27-MW geothermal power plant, making it the first of its kind in the U.S.

The newly combined facility is being built by Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA), which is a division of Enel Green Power—the world’s largest renewable energy company.

EGP-NA owns and operates more than 70 plants with an installed capacity of around 800 MW in 20 states that are powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass energy, and has some 500 MW of green power projects under construction in Nevada, Utah, Minnesota, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

The novel green-power project—which was announced in late August by Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and EGP-NA President Francesco Venturini—will produce electricity that will be sold to local Nevada utility NV Energy.