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South-Reno Geothermal Plant Expansion Begins

Power News - Published on Tue, 20 Aug 2019

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This Isreno reported that Ormat Techologies has launched an expansion project at its Steamboat Hills geothermal plant in Reno an expansion that will reduce the plant’s visibility on the hillside just south of The Summit Sierra shopping center. The expansion involves the installation of a new geothermal plant that can produce 30 MW of electricity. The new plant replaces an existing 10 MW system.

Ms Kyle Snyder, senior director for business development at Reno-based Ormat, said the new facility will be air-cooled and will use a technology that will eliminate water consumption.

As a result, the steam plume that’s sometimes visible on cold days from the existing plant’s cooling tower no longer will be a feature on Reno’s southern horizon.

Construction, which began this summer, is scheduled for completion early next year.

Along with the new equipment, Ms Snyder said the work will involve the drilling of one new well on land that Ormat leases from the US Forest Service. Most of the project is located on a 9.5 acre privately owned parcel.

Southern California Public Power Authority buys the power produced by the Steamboat plant.

The Ormat plant is part of a complex of six geothermal power plants at Steamboat, Together, they generate 73 megawatts of baseload, renewable power enough to meet all the residential requirements of Reno.

Health spas in the 1800s were the first to tap into the hot springs heated by the geothermal resources in the Steamboat area.



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Posted By : Amom Remju on Tue, 20 Aug 2019
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