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South-Reno Geothermal Plant Expansion Begins

By John Seelmeyer

Ormat Techologies has launched an expansion project at its Steamboat Hills geothermal plant in Reno — an expansion that will reduce the plant’s visibility on the hillside just south of The Summit Sierra shopping center.

The expansion involves the installation of a new geothermal plant that can produce 30 megawatts of electricity. The new plant replaces an existin…

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Regina McGathey August 18, 2019 - 12:33 pm

I have to ask, why are they selling the energy to California instead of using it here in Reno?

Todd Wardrip August 20, 2019 - 12:51 pm

Power rates are higher in CA then Nevada, bottom line dollars

David Chute August 16, 2019 - 3:36 pm

Excellent story. No tax breaks, no negative animal impact. A win win.

Carl M Welch August 16, 2019 - 3:28 pm

What? The power from this plant will be enough to supply Reno’s residential demand, but it’s being sold to the Southern California Public Power Authority. What’s wrong with this picture?

Todd Wardrip August 20, 2019 - 12:58 pm

Its all about money, if it was about our community Ormat would hire qualified techs from the Reno area, I personally have been turned down by Ormat no less than 4x, and keep in mind I attended and passed the geothermal program at TMCC which Ormat helped to setup here in Reno, and I have worked 4 years in the geothermal industry in Calapatria CA.

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