Crescent Dunes

Crescent Dunes
75,000 HOMES POWERED
DURING PEAK
110 MEGAWATTS
(MW)

110 MEGAWATTS (MW)

NV Energy purchases 100% of the electricity produced under a 25-year contract, and uses this electricity for distribution to its customers in the state of Nevada during peak demand periods

0 FOSSIL FUEL
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0 EMISSIONS

SolarReserve’s clean technology does not require any natural gas backup

500 K MEGAWATT-HOURS
POWER PER YEAR
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500 K MEGAWATT-HOURS POWER PER YEAR

Storage allows the facility to produce more than twice as much net annual output (kilowatt hours) than an equivalent sized photovoltaic (PV) solar project

1,100 MEGAWATT-HOURS
ENERGY STORAGE

1,100 MEGAWATT-HOURS ENERGY STORAGE

SolarReserve’s US-developed patented solar thermal energy storage technology enables reliable, on-demand, energy production – even after dark

10 HRS FULL LOAD
STORAGE

10 HRS FULL LOAD STORAGE

Storage enables the plant to operate just like a conventional fossil fuel or nuclear power plant, reliably generating electricity day and night – except without any emissions or hazardous waste

40 YRS STORAGE WITH
NO DEGRADATION
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40+ YEARS STORAGE WITH NO DEGRADATION

Unlike batteries, molten salt lasts for 40 years or more, without any degradation or need for replacement; it also costs less than batteries

4,300 DIRECT, INDIRECT
AND INDUCED JOBS

4,300+ DIRECT, INDIRECT AND INDUCED JOBS

Over 4,300 direct, indirect and induced jobs were created with products and services purchased from 25 states and more than 1,000 construction workers on-site during the peak construction period

1,000 CONSTRUCTION
JOBS
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1,000 CONSTRUCTION JOBS

The Crescent Dunes project is an example of how sustainable solutions, for energy now and in generations to come, foster new industries and create jobs

TONOPAH, NV, USA

SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility located in Nevada is the first utility-scale facility in the world to feature advanced molten salt power tower energy storage capabilities. The project delivers enough firm, reliable electricity from solar energy to power 75,000 homes in Nevada during peak demand periods, day and night, whether or not the sun is shining. The project, which entered into commercial operation in late 2015 and delivers 110 megawatts of electricity plus 1,100 megawatt-hours of energy storage, is the only operating utility scale molten salt power tower on the planet.

The Crescent Dunes plant is a tremendous success story for US-developed technology. The plant produces more than 500,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, twice the generation of an equivalent sized photovoltaics (PV) or direct steam solar thermal facility. It also utilizes dry cooling technology in a hybrid design to minimize water use well below conventional power projects. The storage technology developed by SolarReserve also eliminates the need for any backup fossil fuels, such as natural gas, which are needed with other solar technologies to keep the system operating during times of reduced solar resource. During the construction of the plant, the Crescent Dunes Project created over 4,300 direct, indirect and induced jobs, with more than 1,000 construction workers on site during peak construction. The project also generated in excess of $750 million in capital investment in Nevada.

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

  • Location: Tonopah, Nevada, USA
  • Technology: CSP with Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage
  • Size: 110 MW facility output
  • Storage: 10 hours of full load storage, enabling on-demand energy production day and night
  • Electricity Production: More than 500,000 MW-hours annually
  • Power Purchaser: 25-year contract with NV Energy
  • Homes Powered: 75,000 homes during peak demand
  • Project Status: In commercial operation

KEY PROJECT BENEFITS

  • No requirement for natural gas or oil back up – completely emission free
  • Progresses U.S. clean energy technology with the industry’s most advanced energy storage project
  • Energy storage provides a firm, reliable electricity product on-demand, day and night
  • Helps meet growing demand for clean, renewable energy sources
  • Significantly reduces the use of water for cooling by using an efficient, low-water hybrid cooling system
  • Displaces 300,000 tons of CO2 each year

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

  • Tax Revenues: Project forecasted to generate more than $73 million in local and state tax revenues over first 20 years of operation
  • Operating Expenses: During the 30+ year operating life, the project will expend more than $10 million per year in salaries and operating costs, much of this spent in the region
  • Capital Investment: Project will generate in excess of $750 million private capital cost investment in Nevada

JOB CREATION

  • 4,300 direct, indirect and induced jobs created during construction
  • 1,050 construction workers on site at the peak period
  • Equipment and services purchased across 26 states
  • 60% of the project subcontractors were Nevada based
  • 40 full-time, permanent jobs for operations and maintenance