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NEVADA SOLAR ONE CSP PLANT

A 64 MW plant located in the Nevada Desert, grid connected in 2007

With its start-up in 2007, Nevada Solar One was the first CSP plant installed in the world since 1991. It represented the rebirth of a technology that was destined to play a major role in the US energy system and many parts of the world with sufficient solar resource. It has a capacity of 64 MW and generates around 136 GWh of clean energy per year, equivalent to the consumption of around 15,000 American homes. It is located in the Nevada desert and contributes to the electricity supply to Las Vegas, 40 kilometers north of the plant.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location
Boulder City. Nevada. EE.UU.
Capacity
64 MW.
Technology
Parabolic troughs
Start-up
2007.
Owner
ACCIONA Energy.

Key Points

  • Average annual production: 136 GWh, equivalent to the demand from around 15,000 homes.
  • 760 760 parabolic trough solar collectors.
  • 182,000 mirrors (76 kilometers long).
  • 129,000 metric tons of CO2 avoided per years. 
  • Site: 130 hectares.
  • Energy customers: Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Resources.
  • Built in the desert in record time: 13 months.
  • In-house technology by ACCIONA for the solar collectors.
  • 800 jobs created in the construction phase and around 30 for the operation of the plant

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