April 18 (Renewables Now) - The federal permit application for the up to 2-GW Sandstone project, which was to be the world's largest concentrating solar power (CSP) complex, has been withdrawn, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) confirmed for Renewables Now.
According to the agency, California-based SolarReserve LLC has pulled back plans for the project on January 31, 2019. Reasons for the move were not provided.
The Sandstone project, which was to be realised on public land in the Nevada desert with an investment of about USD 5 billion (EUR 4.4bn), was planned to include up to 10 solar thermal towers, each with a capacity of 150 MW-200 MW. When announcing plans for the scheme back in 2016, SolarReseve said it would use molten salt for energy storage at each site. The complex was expected to generate 7 million MWh of electricity annually and have 20,000 MWh of storage capacity.
Earlier this month, solar thermal power specialist SolarReserve said it has failed to secure in time funds for its 150-MW Aurora CSP project near Port Augusta, South Australia. It now plans to sell it to a third party.
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