It's said that once trends take off in California, it's only a matter of time before they ripple out to other states and propel change. Let's hope this is the case, for SolarReserve recently announced its plan to expand its massive Nevada concentrated solar power (CSP) plant to California with an ultimate aim of generating enough renewable energy to power one million U.S. homes.
According to EcoWatch, the 110 MW Crescent Dune Solar Energy Plant will be the first utility-scale CSP of its kind in America. It will be similar to the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant near Tonopah, Nevada, but will not employ the same technology, as is explained below.
The Energy Plant based in Nevada is actually the first on the planet to utilize molten salt power tower technology in a utility-scale power plant, relays Inhabitat. Every year, it powers 75,000 homes and can operate 'round-the-clock. Solar heat is utilized to warm a molten salt energy storage system. This, in turn, boils water and creates a steam turbine to power generators 24/7. This is done without any fossil fuel backups or detrimental greenhouse gas emissions.