Ormat Technologies Inc. announced today that the expansion of its McGinness Hills Phase 3 geothermal power facility in Eastern Nevada had been completed. The extension raises the power plant’s net capacity to around 69 MW, increasing the total capacity of the McGinness Hills complex to over 160 MW.
The McGinness Hills Phase 3 power plant sells electricity under a 25-year long-term portfolio power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to provide the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power with 100 percent of the geothermal power generated by the expansion project (LADWP).
Since December 15, 2018, LADWP has received 48 MW of power from the McGinness Hills 3 geothermal power facility. On May 5, 2021, the newly finished McGinness Hills Phase 3 Expansion project will offer LADWP an extra 21.25 MW. LADWP’s overall Northern Nevada geothermal portfolio with Ormat now stands at 126.65 MW, thanks to these two projects and four other Ormat geothermal projects totaling 57.4 MW.
Ormat’s continuous dedication to maximizing output during peak hours by deploying our most sophisticated plant designs, such as upgraded air-condensers, turbines, and other design upgrades, is exemplified by the Phase 3 extension. The SCPPA, power purchase agreement, is used to sell the new capacity.
CEO of Ormat Technologies, Doron Blachar, said, “The McGinness Hills Complex is the largest geothermal complex in Nevada and the fourth largest in the United States, providing clean, renewable, environmentally responsible energy to the residents of Nevada and Southern California. This enhancement effort increases our capacity and improves our operating efficiency, ensuring that our customers and the residents we serve will enjoy renewable baseload energy for years to come. We leveraged the capabilities and expertise of our product segment to rapidly and cost-effectively bring this expansion online.”