Ormat Technologies, the leading geothermal company, announced this Monday the completion of its McGinness Hills Phase 3 expansion project; for its geothermal plant in Easter Nevada.
Firstly, the expansion of the geothermal complex increased its capacity by approximately 69 megawatts; which brings the total capacity of the complex to around 160MW.
Secondly, the McGinness Hills Phase 3 power plant will continue to sell its output through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement; previously awarded to the Southern California Public Power Authority.
Thirdly, such contract provides 100% of the geothermal power from the expansion project to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP); which has been receiving 48 MW of clean power from the McGinness complex since December 15, 2018.
Moreover, the expansion of the complex will also increase the amount of power sent to the LADWP; with additional 21,25 MW.
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In addition, this project, along with the four other Ormat geothermal projects totaling 57.4 MW; brings LADWP’s total Northern Nevada geothermal portfolio with Ormat to 126.65 MW.
Furthermore, the phase 3 expansion is an example of Ormat’s continued commitment to maximize output during peak hours of demand. All, through the design of improved air-condensers, turbines, and other improvements.
On the other hand, about the expansion, Doron Blachar, CEO of Ormat Technologies, said. “The McGinness Hills Complex is the largest geothermal complex in Nevada; and the fourth largest in the United States, providing clean, renewable, environmentally responsible energy to the residents of Nevada and Southern California.”
He also remarked. “This enhancement effort increases our capacity and also improves our operating efficiency, ensuring that our customers and the residents we serve will enjoy renewable baseload energy for years to come.”
Finally, he commented. “This new state-of-the-art facility will also provide additional electricity for approximately 12,000 homes; while offsetting approximately 120,000 tons of CO2, providing the highest level of efficiency and safety in the geothermal industry.”