Sandstone Solar Energy Project

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Sandstone Solar Energy Project
CountryUnited States
LocationTonopah, Nye County, Nevada
Coordinates37°54′N 116°42′W / 37.900°N 116.700°W / 37.900; -116.700Coordinates: 37°54′N 116°42′W / 37.900°N 116.700°W / 37.900; -116.700
Construction began2022 (2022) (planned)
Commission datecancelled
Construction cost$5.0 billion (estimated)
Owner(s)Sandstone Solar Energy, LLC (SolarReserve, LLC)
Solar farm
CSP technologySolar power tower
Site resource2,685 kW·h/m2/yr[1]
Site area20,000 acres (8,094 ha)
Power generation
Units planned8
Nameplate capacity1,600 MW
Capacity factor40.0% (planned)
Annual net output5,600 GW·h (planned)
Storage capacity16,000 MW·he
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The Sandstone Solar Energy Project was a up to 1,600 megawatt (MW) solar thermal power project with 16 gigawatt-hours of energy storage,[2] planned just to the east of Tonopah, about 170 miles (270 km) northwest of Las Vegas. The project was about up to eight 200 MW solar towers with integrated molten salt energy storage technology. The project, developed by SolarReserve and owned by Sandstone Solar Energy, LLC. was anticipated to cost about $5 billion. Planned energy output is 5,600 GW·h per year.[3]

The project includes heliostats that collect and focus the sun's thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through a solar power tower. The molten salt circulates from the tower to a storage tank, where it is then used to produce steam and generate electricity. Excess thermal energy is stored in the molten salt and can be used to generate power for up to ten hours, including during the evening hours and when direct sunlight is not available. The storage technology also eliminates the need for any backup fossil fuels, such as natural gas.

Estimated construction start was in 2022. Each tower was be constructed within a 24 month construction cycle, staggered 6 months, expecting about 5 and half years to complete.[4]

In March 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management confirmed that Sandstone Solar Energy has withdrawn its application for a construction and operation right-of-way on federal land for this project.[5]

On 15 April 2019, Sandstone Solar Energy filed for withdrawal of the application for a permit to construct the solar plant and requested closure of the relevant docket (No.17-08003). The Commission acknowledged the filing and closed the docket the same day. [4]

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  1. ^ Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  2. ^ Botkin, Ben (9 August 2017). "California company submits plans to build solar facility in Nye County". Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Sandstone". Archived from the original on 22 September 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Docket: 17-08003 - Original filing (insert docket number in search field)". Nevada Public Utilities Commission. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Sandstone Solar Power Tower Project Application Withdrawn". Archived from the original on 20 April 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.

External links[edit]

  • "Sandstone". SolarReserve, LLC. Retrieved 17 October 2017.