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SolarReserve salt & solar

SolarReserve, a Santa Monica-based company, has announced progress on its latest solar / molten salt project – the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project. This 110 MW solar thermal power plant is located near Tonopah, Nevada.

Solar-energy salt (rendering)

The beauty of utilizing salt with solar energy is that it increases the amount of time that solar energy can be stored – up to 10 hours each day. This will make it the longest full-load storage capacity for a solar plant.

Crescent Dunes solar tower

The technology has already proven itself with SolarReserve’s 150 megawatt Rice Solar Energy Project in the Sonoran Desert. This new project will help keep the lights on throughout Las Vegas. Not bad. But let’s hope the environmental impact is worth the effort.

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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