TONOPAH — The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain District issued the Limited Notice to Proceed to SolarReserve dba Tonopah Solar Energy LLC (TSE) to begin construction of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project located in Nye County near Tonopah. With this authorization, SolarReserve, a United States developer of utility-scale solar power projects, will begin limited construction activities in August, with an official groundbreaking scheduled for September 2011.
The 110 megawatt Crescent Dunes solar power tower plant will generate enough clean, reliable electricity to power 75,000 Nevada households. The project will generate about 450 direct jobs and more than 4,000 indirect jobs during construction, as well as 50 permanent operations and maintenance jobs for the region. In addition, the project has an annual operating budget estimated at more than $5 million, much of it expected to be spent locally, with the project forecasted to generate $40 million in sales and property tax revenues over its operating period.
ACS Cobra has been selected as the general contractor for the plant. TSE will use advanced solar energy technology developed in the United States by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. The facility has the ability to capture and store enough thermal energy each morning to provide electricity at full power all afternoon and for up to eight hours after sunset. This innovative technology provides utilities with dependable renewable energy from a generator that performs on demand with the reliability of a conventional power producer, but without the harmful emissions that are associated with burning coal, natural gas and oil as fuel.