Solar Trust of America LLC, an integrated industrial solar solutions company operating in the southwestern U.S., says its U.S. project development arm, Solar Millennium LLC, will utilize advanced dry-cooling technology for its two proposed solar thermal power plants being developed by the company in the Amargosa Valley outside Las Vegas.
The company is currently working under a memorandum of understanding signed with NV Energy for development and construction of one or two 242 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plants to be located 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
The decision to employ dry-cooling technology follows extensive due diligence that took into account environmental and ecological considerations, including wetlands and wildlife habitats, water conservation and land usage, and state and federal government renewable energy initiatives and policies, the company says.
Following a series of local public hearings and ongoing discussions with regulatory authorities and environmental groups, it was determined that dry-cooling was in the best interests of the Amargosa Valley community and its economic development plans.
SOURCE: Solar Millennium