Nevada concentrated solar power plant back online after eight-month outage

A first-of-its-kind solar plant in Central Nevada is back online and generating power after being down for repairs for eight months. The Crescent Dunes power plant, 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas, returned to service July 12 and is delivering renewable energy to customers in Nevada, even at night, according [...]

Nevada’s Concentrated Solar Power plant: the next generation of solar energy technology?

In Nevada desert, the Crescent Dunes represent the latest technology for solar power plants. The solar power plant is not composed of photovoltaic panels like the ones that are installed on rooftops and in usual solar farms, but they are multifaceted mirrors made of glass, which follow the course [...]

SolarReserve’s giant Concentrated Solar Power project in Nevada

The Sandstone project would see up to 10 solar towers built in Nevada for a total capacity of 2 GW. U.S. CSP developers must respond to regional market needs to ensure utilities recognize the value of thermal energy storage in utility offtake contracts, Kevin Smith, CEO of SolarReserve, told CSP [...]

World’s largest concentrated solar power plant could be coming to Nevada

While thermal solar power plants have had a bit of trouble catching on in the US, solar energy company SolarReserve is hoping to change that. The company recently announced it’s hoping to build a 2,000 megawatt facility in Nevada called Sandstone. With a planned 10 towers and more than 100,000 [...]

SolarReserve proposes 2 GW concentrated solar power plant with storage in Nevada

The Sandstone project would use molten salt concentrated solar power technology to generate power and provide energy storage capability. SolarReserve has not made a final decision, but is looking at sites in Nye County for the Sandstone Energy 10X project, which would sell power into the California market. There are [...]

Concentrated Solar Power: sun, salt and glass could help solve our energy needs

High in the stark Nevada desert, a couple of hundred miles north-west of Las Vegas, is the shimmering circular mirage of Crescent Dunes. Ten thousand silvery glass panes, each measuring 115 square metres, surround a tall central tower, which stands like a twinkling needle in the featureless landscape around it. [...]

Concentrated Solar Power Tower Is Worth Its Salt with 24/7 Power

The 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility in Nevada is the first utility-scale concentrated solar plant that can provide electricity whenever it's needed most, even after dark.   Deep in the Nevada desert, halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, a lone white tower stands 195 meters tall, gleaming like a [...]

Debunking Myths about Concentrated Solar Power

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California (US), the world’s largest solar power plant, is a concentrating solar power (CSP) complex that uses more than 300,000 mirrors to generate electricity. On 19 May when a small fire shut down a generating tower the mainstream press jumped on the news [...]

24/7 Concentrated Solar Power Plant Powers 75,000 Homes

SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes Project in Tonopah, Nevada is quietly providing clean, green solar energy to 75,000 homes in the Silver State even when the sun isn’t shining. Crescent Dunes is the first utility-scale facility in the world to use molten salt for power energy storage capabilities, a technology also known [...]

Nevada power plant first in world with solar-geothermal mix

Nevada's governor, the premier of Italy and the director of the U.S. Energy Department's renewable energy labs on Tuesday formally dedicated the final piece of the only hybrid power plant in the world producing renewable energy by combining geothermal with two kinds of solar power. The Stillwater Hybrid Power Plant [...]

Desert Concentrated Solar Power plants’ electricity production improves

The Concentrated Solar Power plants that began operating early last year in the deserts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties are becoming more productive with practice. In fact, two of the plants, the Desert Sunlight and Genesis projects in eastern Riverside County, produced more electricity than expected during a one-year [...]

Crescent Dunes Concentrated Solar Power Tower Will Power Up in March

Crescent Dunes Concentrated Solar Power will begin commercial operation before the end of March, and SolarReserve’s south-central Nevada solar project won’t stumble out of the gate the way power-tower forerunner Ivanpah