Construction has begun on a new geothermal
plant south of Reno.
Ormat Nevada broke ground yesterday on the first geothermal
project in Nevada since 1991.
It's also the first since state lawmakers passed a bill
requiring utilities to support a percentage of their power from
renewable energy resources.
The Galena Geothermal Project will join the company's three
other plants in Steamboat Hills south of Reno.
It is expected to generate about 20 megawatts of power, bringing
Ormat's total to about 75 megawatts produced in Nevada. That's
enough to power about 75-thousand homes.
Electricity generated at the plants is under contract to Sierra
Pacific Power Company.