Ormat Technologies, headquartered in Reno, Nevada, announced the 24 MW Tungsten Mountain geothermal power plant located in Churchill County, Nevada, began commercial operation on December 1.
Tungsten Mountain will sell its power under the 26-year Ormat Northern Nevada Geothermal Portfolio Power Purchase Agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority which was announced in June of this year.
SCPPA resells the entire output of the plant to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The power plant is expected to generate approximately $15 million in average annual revenue.
The Tungsten Mountain geothermal power plant utilizes Ormat’s latest turbine design, and is the largest Ormat Energy Converter (OEC) ever installed. Utilizing the new generation of Ormat turbines will allow the Tungsten Mountain project to generate an average net output of 24 MW from a single OEC instead of two OECs, as would have been required before this new design became available.
Isaac Angel, CEO of Ormat Technologies said, “The Tungsten Mountain power plant is a greenfield project that was built at a record pace, demonstrating again Ormat’s competitive advantage as the only vertically integrated company in the geothermal industry.”
Photo: McGuinnes Hills plant, Nevada (courtesy of Ormat)