San Emidio Geothermal Plant

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San Emidio Geothermal Plant, in Washoe County, Nevada, is a geothermal power plant with a design capacity of 11.8 megawatts (15,800 hp). The upgraded plant went online on May 25, 2012.[1][2]


The plant is the second to occupy the site. The older 3.6-megawatt (4,800 hp) plant, originally known as the Empire Geothermal Plant, which was sold by Empire Geothermal Power LLC to U.S. Geothermal Inc. in 2008,[3] was commissioned in 1987. Phase I of the reconstruction added an 8.6-megawatt (11,500 hp) generator.[1][2][4][5]

Future expansions[edit]

  • Phase II (3Q 2013)[5]
  • Phase III with 17.2 megawatts (23,100 hp)[4]


  1. ^ a b Rob Sabo (August 13, 2012). "Setbacks delay production at San Emidio geothermal plant". Northern Nevada Business Weekly. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Geothermal Projects". NV Energy. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Geothermal Completes Acquisition of Producing Geothermal Power Plant and Energy Rights in Nevada". North East Arizona Energy Services Company. May 1, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "San Emidio Project". U.S. Geothermal. 2007. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Gerlach geothermal plant wins financing". Northern Nevada Business Weekly. November 21, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 

Coordinates: 40°22′09″N 119°24′21″W / 40.3693°N 119.4057°W / 40.3693; -119.4057