Nevada Solar One CSP Project

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

Project Overview

Power Station: Nevada Solar One
Location: Boulder City
Nevada United States
Owners (%): Acciona
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2625
Nominal Capacity: 72 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2007

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2006
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 134
Lat/Long Location 35.8,-114.983
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 1.6


Developer Solargenix Energy (Acciona)
EPC Lauren Engineering
Operator Acciona Solar Power
Electricity Generation Offtaker NV Energy
Construction Job Years 350
Annual Operations Jobs 30


Total Construction Cost (2007) $ 266.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $315.7 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 4384.7
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.2
Levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital and a 25 year payback period, capacity dependent O&M (1.5% of investment cost per year), deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or construction then not deflated (assumed cost year 2020)
Remuneration USD/kWh 0.14
Remuneration Start Year 2007
Remuneration USD/kWh Deflated (2020) 0.17
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 20
Support Scheme Type PPA
Concessional Funding or Other Support 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC, 5-year MACRS)

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 357200
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs) 760
# of SCAs per Loop 8
SCA Aperture Area (m²) 470
SCA Length (m) 100
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer Acciona
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Gossamer Space Frames
Collector/Heliostat Model SGNX-1
Mirror Manufacturer Flabeg
Mirror Model RP2

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Biphenyl/Diphenyl oxide: Dowtherm A
Receiver Working Fluid Category Thermal oil/organics
Working Fluid Manufacturer Dow
# of Heat Collector Elements (HCEs) 18240
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 318°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 393°C
Receiver Manufacturer Schott
Receiver Model PTR70

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 72 MW
Turbine Manufacturer Siemens
Turbine Model SST-700
Cooling Type Wet

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Capacity (Hours) 0.5
Storage Description 0.5 hours full-load storage

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