U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Geothermal Technologies Office

GEA and GRC 2005 Awards

October 3, 2005

Two geothermal energy awards are given jointly by the Geothermal Resource Council (GRC) and the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), professional and trade associations, respectively. This year's awards highlight a public-private partnership that will power an entire college campus with geothermal energy and contribute to geothermal energy research.  

Ormat Technologies was recognized with an Industry Excellence Award. The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) received the Community Excellence Award for its new Renewable Energy Center.

At the heart of each award is the inauguration of Ormat's new geothermal project "Galena 1," a part of the company's Steamboat geothermal power complex. The project will incorporate developments in Ormat's binary technology, including turbines and power plant equipment that can be operated either on site or remotely.  

"This project represents a huge breakthrough in geothermal use," Gawell said. "UNR-REC will be the only college campus in the world completely powered by geothermal energy."-- Karl Gawell, GEA Executive Director  

GEA at: http://www.geo-energy.org, GRC at: www.geothermal.org, UNR Renewable Energy Center at: www.unr.edu/geothermal/UNRREC.htm, and ORMAT at: www.ormat.com.