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Nevada CSP plant restarts after 8 mo offline - report

Nevada Crescent Dunes photo by BLM Nevada. Author: Bureau of Land Management.

July 26 (Renewables Now) - The 110-MW Crescent Dunes concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada has been brought back online on July 12, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said Friday.

The plant, built and owned by SolarReserve LLC, was out of service for eight months due to a small leak discovered in the molten salt tank in October 2016. At the time it was expected that it will resume work in January, but repairs have taken longer than anticipated.

Mark Severts, a spokesman for NV Energy which is buying the CSP plant’s output, has confirmed that the solar park is again delivering power to consumers, including at night. Crescent Dunes started commercial operation in November 2015 under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with the electric utility.

The October leak was discovered soon after SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith presented plans to build a CSP complex of 1.5 GW to 2 GW in Nevada. The solar company this month secured environmental approval for a 390-MW CSP project in Chile with 5.1 GWh of energy storage.

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