SolarReserve gets approval for Arizona plant

The SolarReserve project at Gila Bend will feature several kinds of solar technology.
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The SolarReserve project at Gila Bend will feature several kinds of solar technology. 

SolarReserve received approval this week from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to build a 150-megawatt solar power plant that will feature different types of technology.

The Crossroads Solar Energy Project will have the large 150-megawatt phase as a concentrated solar power project, with an additional 65 megawatts of photovoltaic solar power.

The project by the Santa Monica, Calif.-based developer is slated to be built near Gila Bend in an area that has been targeted by several other solar developers and has access to transmission lines that traverse the state and run into California.

SolarReserve’s technology involves using heliostats or large mirrors to reflect sunlight on a tower to create the temperatures needed to turn a steam generator. The tower also is built with a molten salt storage system to provide more power when the sun is not shining.

The company currently is building a 110-megawatt facility near Tonopah, Nev.

Read more in the Phoenix Business Journal.

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