Rome, March 20th, 2012 - Enel Green Power, the Enel Group's renewables company,
operating in North America through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, has
expanded the capacity of the Stillwater solar power plant connected to the binary-cycle
geothermal power plant.
This has increased the grid-connected photovoltaic power capacity of this innovative
plant located in Churchill County, Nevada from 24 MW to 26 MW. The plant also has a
geothermal capacity of 33 MW.
This is the first hybrid renewable energy project in the world that combines the
continuous generation capacity of binary-cycle, medium-enthalpy geothermal power with
the peak capacity of solar power, allowing NV Energy, which holds a contract to buy all of
the energy generated by the plant, to better satisfy the energy needs of its customers.
The solar power plant will generate around 43 million kWh of clean energy per year,
enough to meet the needs of over 16,000 American households as well as avoiding the
emission of around 30,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
Combining two technologies to produce electricity from renewable sources at the same
location not only increases the generation of zero-emission energy (which, in this case,
will exceed 200 million kWh/year, avoiding the emission of around 140,000 metric tons
of CO2 into the atmosphere each year), but also makes it possible to use the same
infrastructure, such as, for instance, electrical interconnection lines, thereby further
reducing environmental impact.
The entry into service of this new plant brings Enel Green Power's total installed capacity
in North America to more than 1,000 MW.