NREL Research Helps Deliver Clean, Solar Electricity to Thousands of Homes
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have contributed to the rebirth of a solar energy technology in the Southwest. The first concentrating solar power (CSP) plant built in the United States in 16 years began operation in Arizona in December 2005. Arizona's first-ever CSP plant produces enough power for 200 homes. A CSP plant now being assembled in Nevada will be on a much grander scale, producing enough power for 11,000 homes. The solar power plant in Boulder City, Nevada, which spans 300 acres, will be the largest installation of its kind since 1990. With advanced field-testing and detailed assessments, NREL's researchers are supporting the development of new large-scale solar developments like these.