May 2, 2012
Enel Green Power Inaugurates World's First
Solar-Geothermal Hybrid Project
Today BCSE member Enel Green Power inaugurated the world’s first and only solar-geothermal hybrid project in Churchill County, Nevada.
The innovative 59 MW Stillwater project combines the continuous generation capacity of binary-cycle, medium-enthalpy geothermal power with the peak capacity of solar power, allowing NV Energy, which holds the power purchase agreement to buy all of the energy generated by the plant, to better satisfy the power needs of its customers. Simply put, the Stillwater project leverages the unique efficiencies and characteristics of two renewable energy technologies to create a better end product.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval noted, “Clean energy is a key sector for Nevada. It provides energy from local sources, drives innovation, and most importantly, brings high-quality jobs and economic growth to the local communities. Enel Green Power’s first-of-a-kind solar geothermal hybrid project is a living example of these benefits and I support the further growth of this industry in Nevada."
For more information on the Stillwater hybrid project, please see Enel Green Power's official press release and media coverage from KRNV News4 Reno, Lahontan Valley News, and Power Engineering Magazine.