Nevada Solar One: 64 MW, Solar-Thermal Power Plant

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  • "second largest concentrated solar power plant in the world"
  • "nominal capacity of 64 MW and maximum capacity of 75 MW"
  • Yearly electricity production estimate: 134 million kilowatt hours
  • Cost: $266 million
  • Solar collectors cover 300 acres; easily visible from satellite imagery (see satellite image at bottom of page).
  • Technology: uses 760 parabolic troughs. Troughs use over 18,000 specially coated tubes made of glass and steel measuring 4 meters each. A fluid inside the tubes is heated to 735 °F; the heat is then exchanged to water that produces steam and drives a turbine.
source: July 2, 2009

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