The sprawling Nevada project would have 10 towers and cover 15,000 acres. The current biggest solar-thermal plant in the world is the 392-MW Ivanpah facility in California’s Mojave Desert. It has three towers and went into operation in 2014, and doesn’t have storage capabilities.
SolarReserve is eyeing two potential building sites on federal land, both of which will require new transmission lines. The project would be built in stages over seven years and the company is seeking to break ground within three years. SolarReserve plans to market electricity from the sprawling project to California utilities, which under state law must source half their power from renewable sources by 2030.
This is presented to the California market as a more viable option than trying to deploy hundreds of thousands of individual batteries. [ren]