National Solar Thermal Test Facility CSP Project

This page provides information on National Solar Thermal Test Facility CSP project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Project Overview

Power Station: National Solar Thermal Test Facility
Location: Albuquerque
New Mexico United States
Owners (%): National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
Technology Power Tower
Nominal Capacity: 5 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 1978

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 1976
Lat/Long Location 34.962,-106.509444


Developer Sandia National Laboratories
Operator Sandia National Laboratories

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

# of Heliostats (or dishes for dish systems) 222
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Sandia National Laboratories
Collector/Heliostat Model NSTTF
Mirror Manufacturer Bats

Solar Field (Receiver)

Tower Height (m) 63

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 5 MW

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