Stimulating project

The Beowawe geothermal plant in Eastern Nevada last week became the first geothermal project in the country funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to start generating power.

It’s a low-temperature, binary cycle plant that uses waste heat from the brine of an existing geothermal plant at the facility, a Department of Energy statement described. It will add about 2 megawatts of clean energy capacity to the plant’s 17.7 megawatts. The plant was developed by Terra-Gen Power and TAS Energy and was partially funded by a $2 million stimulus funding grant from the DOE. Private sector investments added an additional $4 million for the project, which created 20 construction jobs last year.