The first new geothermal plant in a group of projects that will feed power to the Los Angeles basin now is online.
Ormat Technologies this week said that it has placed the 24 MW Tungsten Mountain geothermal power plant into commercial operation. The plant is part of a portfolio power purchase agreement Ormat signed earlier this year with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), which will sell the entire output of the portfolio to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Under the agreement, SCPPA will purchase 150 MW of power generated by a portfolio of Ormat’s new and existing geothermal power plants.
Reiko Kerr, senior assistant general manager for LADWP, said in a statement that the geothermal power will help the utility “transition away from coal power while maintaining a reliable power supply for Los Angeles.”
The new project brings Ormat’s total operating portfolio to 800 MW, according to Ormat CEO Isaac Angel.
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