County Approves Salt-Storage Thermal Project in Southern Colorado

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Solar Reserve topped out its Tonapah power tower in February. Solar Reserve photo.

The Denver Post reports that the Saguache County Board of Commissioners has voted to approve Solar Reserve’s plan for a 200-MW power tower project in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. The tower will use molten-salt thermal storage to provide baseload power.

Solar Reserve, developer of the Crescent Hills power tower in Tonapah, Nev., says the 6,200-acre site will be developed in two stages. The company has negotiated a transmission agreement for the first 100-MW with Xcel Energy, but does not yet have a buyer for the power.

 

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