Oregon geothermal power plant nears completion

Neal Hot Springs geothermal power plant ORegon substantial completion USG Oregon LLC TAS Energy

A certificate of substantial completion was received for the 22 MW Neal Hot Springs geothermal energy project in Oregon, according to Electric Light & Power/POWERGRID International. USG Oregon LLC., a unit of U.S. Geothermal (NYSE: HTM, TSX: GTH), will own and operate the plant.

TAS Energy, who provided three modular energy systems to the project under an equipment supply agreement, sent the certificate June 17. It was received by USG Oregon June 27.

The renewable power generation facility's 22 MW will be sold to Idaho Power under a long-term power purchase agreement.

To qualify for substantial completion, the power plant had to complete a 7-day reliability test, which required all three power modules to operate nonstop for a full week at 97 percent capacity.

U.S. Geothermal Inc. is a renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy and is operating geothermal power projects at Raft River, Idaho, San Emidio, Nev. and Neal Hot Springs, Ore. The company is developing El Ceibillo, an advanced stage, steam geothermal prospect located within a 24,710-acre energy rights concession area located 8.5 miles from Guatemala City, the largest city in Central America.

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