SolarWorld Supplies 14.2 MW Solar Panels for Combined Solar and Geothermal Project

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SolarWorld Americas Inc. supplied 14.2 megawatts DC of high-performance solar panels for a project at Patua, Nevada. The project site combines complementary solar and geothermal power generation. (Photo: Business Wire)

SolarWorld Americas, the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer, announced that it has supplied 14.2 megawatts DC of its high-performance solar panels for a project in Nevada that combines complementary solar and power generation.

The project at , about 40 miles east of Reno, has set the solar array side by side with a binary geothermal production plant to take advantage of solar’s peak performance periods at times when the geothermal is comparatively less efficient – during the daytime and summer. The combined result provides constant power generation. While not the first, the project is thought to be the biggest of its kind. On an AC basis, the 2-year-old geothermal installation is about 25 MW and the brand-new solar plant, dedicated today, is 10 MW.

Hunt Electric Co., headquartered in Salt Lake City, provided engineering, procurement, and construction for the project. Also based in Salt Lake City, Cyrq Energy, a renewable-energy developer and owner focusing on geothermal energy, is the project’s owner-operator. Energy production goes to Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

is proud to see our solar panels contributing to another innovation in the renewable-energy world,” said Shane Messer, Americas’ vice president for sales and marketing. “This project demonstrates that are naturally fit to work together.”


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