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Nevada Solar One Solar Power Plant

64-MW plant in the Mojave Desert connected to the grid in 1997.

Commissioned in 2007, Nevada Solar One was the world's largest CSP plants built since 1991. It represents the re-emergence of a technology that will play a major role in the US energy system and in large parts of the world with sufficient solar resources. It has a capacity of 64 MW and generates some 136 GWh of clean energy every year, equivalent to the consumption of approximately 15,000 American homes. It is located in the Mojave Desert and contributes to the power supply for Las Vegas, located approximately 40 km north of the facility.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location
Boulder City. Nevada. United States
Capacity
64 MW
Technology
Concentrated solar with parabolic trough collectors
Commissioning
2007
Ownership
ACCIONA

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Annual average production of 136 GWh a year, equivalent to the demand of 15,000 homes.
  • 760 parabolic trough solar collectors.
  • 182,000 mirrors aligned over 76 kilometres.
  • 129,000 tonnes per year of CO2 emissions prevented. 
  • 130 hectares of area.
  • Energy clients: Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Resources.
  • Built in a desert environment in a record time of 13 months.
  • ACCIONA's proprietary solar collector technology.
  • 800 jobs created during construction and approximately 30 for operation.

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