Sandstone

Sandstone
2.6 MILLION HOMES POWERED
2,000 MEGAWATTS
(MW)

2,000 MEGAWATTS (MW)

The price of the fully dispatchable zero emission energy generation + energy storage from Sandstone Energy will compete on pricing against the market without any special subsidies

0 FOSSIL FUEL
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0 EMISSIONS

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

7 MILLION MEGAWATT-HOURS
POWER PER YEAR
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7 MILLION MEGAWATT-HOURS POWER PER YEAR

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

20,000 MEGAWATT-HOURS
ENERGY STORAGE

20,000 MEGAWATT-HOURS ENERGY STORAGE

A comparable amount of power delivery plus energy storage using rooftop solar with batteries would cost almost $30 billion

10 HR FULL LOAD
STORAGE

10 HR FULL LOAD STORAGE

Storage will enable 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

40,000 DIRECT, INDIRECT
AND INDUCED JOBS

40,000 DIRECT, INDIRECT AND INDUCED JOBS

The project will create approximately 40,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs across America

3,000 CONSTRUCTION
JOBS
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3,000 CONSTRUCTION JOBS

The Sandstone Energy project is an example of how sustainable solutions, for energy now and in generations to come, foster new industries and create jobs by the thousands

NEVADA, USA

The Sandstone project will be a solar power plant complex with up to ten solar thermal towers, using the next generation of SolarReserve’s 24/7 baseload solar technology. Each tower will be 150-200 megawatts, with storage and fully dispatchable, each producing about 700,000 megawatt-hours per year. Times ten towers, this will total up to 2,000 megawatts of power capacity and 7,000,000 megawatt-hours of annual output – generating power when energy is most valuable, reducing cost and risk to customers. Each tower will have approximately 10 hours of full-load energy storage, totaling 20,000 megawatt hours of energy storage capability for the entire project. Sandstone will be built in Nevada, and connected to California’s and Nevada’s grids. The first phase of the project will start construction in the next 2-3 years, once we have completed permitting, obtained a power purchase agreement (PPA), secured funding, and selected an EPC.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

  • Location: Nye County, Nevada
  • Technology: SolarReserve’s proprietary CSP tower technology with Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage 
  • Size: 2,000 megawatt facility output
  • Storage: 10 hours of full load storage, totaling 20,000 megawatt hours of energy storage capability
  • Electricity Production: 7,000,000 megawatt-hours of annual output – generating power when energy is most valuable, day and night
  • Dry Cooling: Significantly reduces the use of water, saving millions of gallons of water each year
  • Homes Powered: 2 gigawatts will power over 2.6 million homes
  • Fuel: Our technology only uses the sun as its fuel, with no requirement for natural gas backup

KEY BENEFITS

An infrastructure project of this size would be a huge benefit to the entire Western U.S. economy. We estimate:

  • 3,000 construction jobs for 7 years of phased construction;

  • Approximately 40,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs across America, as a tremendous amount of equipment and materials would be U.S. manufactured;

  • More than $5 billion of capital investment;

  • 350 long-term, high-value operational jobs on site for 30 years or more;

  • More than $100 million per year paid in salaries and operating costs; and

  • Over $600 million in total tax revenues through the first 20 years of operation –supporting local municipalities, school systems, and police and fire departments.

The project would also address the need for a modern, reliable, cost-effective and clean electrical system. Specifically, the project would:

  • Produce a massive amount (7,000,000 MWh/year) of firm renewable energy;

  • Deploy 20,000 MWh of energy storage, stabilizing the grid;

  • Provide a baseload solar resource capable of reliably addressing the “duck curve” challenges of high photovoltaic penetration in the Southwest;

  • Support the expansion of a regional transmission system and Energy Imbalance Market through the participation of a responsive, dispatchable generator between Nevada’s and California’s systems;

  • Produce zero emissions and have zero fuel price exposure for the facility’s 40+ year operational life; and

  • Deliver energy and capacity at a lower cost than new natural gas facilities, and more cost-effectively than can be accomplished by combining intermittent renewables with batteries.

The project will also provide an enormous opportunity for U.S. content. Using SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes project as an example, equipment and services were purchased across 26 states.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

  • More than $5 billion of capital investment

  • More than $100 million per year paid in salaries and operating costs

  • Over $600 million in total tax revenues through the first 20 years of operation – supporting local municipalities, school systems, and police and fire departments

JOB CREATION

  • 3,000 construction jobs for 7 years of phased construction

  • More than 40,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs across the U.S.

  • 350 long-term, high-value operational jobs on site for 30 years or more