Shoshone Nation Drills Down on Geothermal Power, 100 MW Plant Planned
Mountains in Box Elder County, Utah site of the Shoshone Nation’s planned geothermal power plant. Photo: Dave Merrill.
Following on the heels of the Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation and Kansas’ Kickapoo Nation, another Native American tribe is getting into the renewable energy game. The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation has announced that they will be investing in a geothermal power plant to provide electricity to Riverside, California. Here are the details:100 Megawatts of Geothermal Power, Sometime After 2011Located in Box Elder County, Utah the planned Shoshone Renaissance geothermal power plant will generate 100 MW of power (64 MW of which will be bought by the city of Riverside), at an estimated cost of $500 million. The 30 year power purchase agreement’s financial details were not disclosed, but the electricity is expected to provide about 20% of Riverside’s baseload energy demand.
The Shoshone are working with Utah’s Idatherm and Ireland’s LotusWorks to develop the plant, which will be operated by LotusWorks and Meridian Investments of Boston.
The facility will be built in three phases, the first two of which should be online by 2011.
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