We gave you a heads up that it was about to be switched on! Nevada Solar One, the largest solar thermal power plant built in 16 years, has gone online, and is now providing power to Nevada's electrical grid. Built by Acciona Solar Power, the 64MW power plant is the world's third largest solar thermal power plant, and will generate enough reliable clean energy to power 15,000 homes (up to 134 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year). It covers 400 acres.
The Germany company Schott supplied 11,136 of the 18,240 receivers being used by Nevada Solar One. Electricity generated by the Nevada Solar One power plant will be sold to Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).
Professor Dr. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT. said "We are convinced that parabolic trough power plants are on their way to achieving a global breakthrough, thanks to Nevada Solar One. The technology has already proven itself and the costs of generating electricity will soon be competitive. Parabolic trough power plants offer immense potential for generating power in an environmentally compatible and climate friendly manner."