RENO, Nev., May 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ormat Technologies (NYSE: ORA), a leading geothermal, energy storage, photovoltaic (PV) solar and recovered energy power company, today announced the successful resumption of operations at the Heber 1 power plant in California. This achievement comes after the plant temporarily shut down due to a fire incident that occurred in February 2022. This significant milestone is a testament to Ormat's operational execution and its commitment to providing reliable and sustainable energy solutions to communities in California.
In Nevada, Ormat completed a 6MW upgrade to the Dixie Valley power plant, which allows the Company to maximize its favorable long-term power purchase agreement. The upgrade involved the replacement of pre-acquisition equipment with Ormat’s state-of-the-art energy converters.
"The successful restart of the Heber 1 power plant marks a significant accomplishment for the Company," said Doron Blachar, Ormat’s Chief Executive Officer. "The replacement of the old water-cooled system with an air-cooled system has resulted in a substantial reduction in water consumption in the Imperial Valley. This upgrade not only enhances the plant's efficiency but also contributes to the conservation of vital water resources. The Heber complex, which includes Heber 1 and the repowered Heber 2, is expected to ramp up generation to approximately 87MW by the end of the third quarter, supporting our multi-year growth goals."
"We are also excited to have completed the upgrades at the Dixie Valley power plant,” Blachar added. "The Dixie Valley and Beowawe geothermal power plants in Nevada were acquired in 2021, and we have plans to upgrade both plants. With the Dixie Valley upgrade complete, we are now in the early stages of repowering Beowawe. Beowawe has received all required construction permits, and work on site is already underway and expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2024. The Heber 1 and Dixie Valley expansions—along with the additional 50MW already brought online this year—demonstrates our dual commitment to advancing renewable power solutions while meeting our long-term financial growth targets."
ABOUT ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES
With over five decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a leading geothermal company and the only vertically integrated company engaged in geothermal and recovered energy generation (“REG”), with robust plans to accelerate long-term growth in the energy storage market and to establish a leading position in the U.S. energy storage market. The Company owns, operates, designs, manufactures, and sells geothermal and REG power plants primarily based on the Ormat Energy Converter – a power generation unit that converts low-, medium- and high-temperature heat into electricity. The Company has engineered, manufactured, and constructed power plants, which it currently owns or has installed for utilities and developers worldwide, totaling approximately 3,200 MW of gross capacity. Ormat leveraged its core capabilities in the geothermal and REG industries and its global presence to expand the Company’s activity into energy storage services, PV solar and energy storage plus PV solar. Ormat’s current total generating portfolio is 1,214 MW with a 1,107 MW geothermal and solar generation portfolio that is spread globally in the U.S., Kenya, Guatemala, Indonesia, Honduras, and Guadeloupe, and a 107 MW energy storage portfolio that is located in the U.S.
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