Nevada Solar One Breaks Ground
On February 11, 2006, the ground-breaking ceremony for the "Nevada Solar One" solar power plant took place in Boulder City, Nevada. This will be the first solar thermal power plant to be built in the last 15 years. It was commissioned by the U.S. project group Solargenix Energy. SCHOTT, the German technology group, will be providing 19,300 solar receivers that will form the key components of the 64 megawatt power plant. "Nevada Solar One" is expected to begin providing energy to the grid in June 2007, and will produce enough electricity to meet the energy demands of about 40,000 households. The use of solar power to produce electricity at the plant, rather than fossil fuels, will result in a reduction of greenhouse gases, equivalent to removing approximately one million cars from U.S. highways.
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