Geothermal Projects

Nevada Geothermal Power’s Falkner 1 project in Humboldt County, Nev.

What is Geothermal Power?

Geothermal power basically uses underground heat produced by the earth to generate electricity.  A production well is drilled into a known geothermal reservoir, and typically an "injection well" is also drilled to return used geothermal fluids to the geothermal reservoir.

These hot geothermal fluids are used to heat and pressurize a secondary working fluid, which is allowed to expand rapidly and provide rotational or mechanical energy to turn the turbine blades on a shaft.

Rotational energy from the turning turbine shaft is then used directly to spin magnets inside a large coil and create electrical current.

Nevada Leads the Nation in Geothermal Energy Development

We signed our first geothermal energy agreement in 1983, and our customers are now benefiting from more than 385 megawatts of installed geothermal energy capacity in Nevada.  And, we have new contracts for more than 150 megawatts of additional geothermal energy, which is in the construction or development stage.   According to the Geothermal Energy Association, Nevada leads the nation in geothermal energy development.

Geothermal power is a premium renewable energy source because it provides reliable, around-the-clock power with no specific ties to fluctuating fuel costs.

NV Energy Geothermal Projects

Beowawe Power – 17.7 megawatts

Located in Eureka County, Nev., the Beowawe geothermal power station is owned by Terra-Gen Power and started producing energy in 2006.

Brady – 24 megawatts

Located in Churchill County northeast of Fernley, Nev., the Brady Geothermal Power Plant is owned by Ormat Technologies and started producing energy in 1992.

Desert Peak – 25 megawatts

Located in Churchill County, Nev., the Desert Peak geothermal power station is owned by Ormat Technologies and started producing energy in 2007.

Dixie Meadows – 51 megawatts

Located in Churchill County, Nev., the Dixie Meadows geothermal power station is being developed by Ormat Technologies and expects to be producing electricity by 2015.

Faulkner 1 – 49.5 megawatts

Located in Humboldt County near Blue Mountain, Nev., the Faulkner 1 geothermal power station is owned by Nevada Geothermal Power Company.  It started producing energy for NV Energy customers in 2009.

Galena 2 – 13 megawatts

Located in Washoe County south of Reno near Steamboat, Nev., the Galena 2 geothermal power station is owned by Ormat Technologies and started producing energy in 2007.

Galena 3 – 26.5 megawatts

Located in Washoe County south of Reno near Steamboat, Nev., the Galena3 geothermal power station is owned by Ormat Technologies and started producing energy in 2008.

Homestretch – 5.6 megawatts

Located in Lyon County north of Yerington, Nev., the Homestretch geothermal plants are the oldest geothermal projects providing energy to NV Energy customers.  Completed in 1986, the units are owned by Homestretch Geothermal, LLC.

Jersey Valley – 22.5 megawatts

The Jersey Valley geothermal project is owned by Ormat Technologies and is located in a remote area in both the Lander and Pershing Counties of Nevada. The project came on line in 2012.

McGinnis Hills – 48 megawatts

In the construction stage, the McGinniss Hills geothermal project is owned by Ormat Technologies Co. and is located in a remote area in both the Lander and Pershing Counties of Nevada. 

Richard Burdette – 26 megawatts

Located in Washoe County near Steamboat, Nev., the Richard Burdette Geothermal Power Plant is owned by Ormat Technologies and went into service in 2006.

Salt Wells – 23.6 megawatts

Located in Churchill County east of Fallon, Nev., the Salt Wells Geothermal Plant is owned by Enel North America and began providing energy for NV Energy customers in 2009.

San Emidio – 11.8 megawatts

Located in northern Washoe County south of Gerlach, Nev., the San Emidio Geothermal Plant is owned by US Geothermal Inc.   It has been providing geothermal energy to NV Energy customers since 1987 and was expanded in 2012.

Soda Lake 1 & 2 – 23.1 megawatts

Located in Churchill County east of Fallon, Nev., the Soda Lake 1 & 2 Geothermal Plants are owned by Magma Energy Corp. and began providing energy for NV Energy customers in 1987 and 1991 respectively.

Steamboat Hills – 14.6 megawatts

Located in Washoe County, the Steamboat Hills Geothermal Plant is owned by Ormat Technologies and began providing energy for NV Energy customers in 1988.

Steamboat 1A – 2 megawatts

Located in Washoe County, the Steamboat 1A Geothermal Plant is owned by Ormat Technologies and began providing energy for NV Energy customers in 1988.

Steamboat 2 – 13.4 megawatts

Located in Washoe County, the Steamboat 2 Geothermal Plant is owned by Ormat Technologies and began providing energy for NV Energy customers in 1992.

Steamboat 3 – 13.4 megawatts

Located in Washoe County, the Steamboat 3 Geothermal Plant is owned by Ormat Technologies and began providing energy for NV Energy customers in 1992.

Stillwater 2 – 47.2 megawatts

Located in Churchill County, the Stillwater 2 Geothermal Plant is owned by Enel North America and began providing energy for NV Energy customers in 2009.  In 2012, the facility added a 22 megawatt solar field to augment the plant’s production.

Tuscarora (formerly Hot Sulphur Springs 2) – 32 megawatts

Completed in 2012, the Tuscarora geothermal project is owned by Ormat Technologies and is located in Elko County northwest of Elko, Nev.