Ormat announces commercial operation of Don Campbell 2 geothermal plant

Ormat Technologies has announced that the second phase of its Don A. Campbell geothermal power plant located in Mineral County, Nev.,began commercial operation on Sept. 17.

The power plant is expected to generate 19 MW (net) on a yearly average basis, above the nominal target of 16.2 MW listed in the 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). SCPPA resells the entire output of this plant to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

“The Don A. Campbell Phase 2 plant reached commercial operation 10 months after the project broke ground and less than two years after we commenced firm operation of the first phase in December 2013,” said Ormat CEO Isaac Angel.

As previously announced, Northleaf Capital Partners, Ormat’s new joint venture investor, will purchase 36.75% equity interest in the project which will be added to the existing ORPD joint venture according to the terms of the agreement. Ormat will continue to consolidate the joint venture and its assets, and will continue to provide day-to-day management control, operations and maintenance control over the projects.

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