First Of Its Kind Renewable Energy Plant Unveiled

May 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Chris Ciarlo
Channel 2 News

Enel Green Power Power North America unveiled a one of kind renewable energy plant in Fallon on Wednesday.

Francesco Venturini is the President of Enel and he said what makes this plant different from any other in the world is it melds the technology of solar panels with geothermal.

“The combination of the two is improving the profile of the two technologies and it’s providing a better energy to Nevada.”

Venturini said the combination of those two will reap significant benefits. He said they will increase production when thermal efficiency of the geothermal unit is lowest.

He also said it will bring more delivery during the peak hours than previous plants. Officials said the plant will power about 55,000 homes in the area and prevent about 30,000 of CO2 emissions.

The geothermal portion of the plant was built in 2005. In December of 2011, they built the solar plant. Venturini said they chose Nevada because Nevada has plenty of natural resources, like sun and hot water as well as land.

Governor Brian Sandoval was there for the inauguration ceremony. He said this is a exciting day for Nevada.

“They employed Nevadans, they used local talent and they hired folks from Churchill County and Washoe County,” said Sandoval. More than 90% of employees came from Nevada. So, it’s truly a success story for us and shows we’re going to continue to lead the country with regard to renewable energy.”


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