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SCHOTT SOLAR BUILDS SOLAR THERMAL POWER PLANT.

A 64-megawatt solar thermal plant is being built near Boulder City, Nevada, it was announced by solar power giant, Schott, one of the partnering companies in the project. The plant is expected to begin providing power to the grid in 2007, according to Steve Russo, head of Schott's Solar Thermal North American business.

Not only will the plant meet the energy demands of about 40,000 households, it will also dramatically reduce greenhouse emissions. "The reduction of greenhouse gases will be the equivalent of removing approximately one million cars from the nation's highways," said Russo.

"In addition, the plant will off-set the need for hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil every year, thus lowering the demand for foreign energy," he said.

"This is the ideal solution for the supply of environmentally friendly power to the region," Russo said, adding that solar thermal plants are particularly effective in areas of intense exposure to sunlight like the Mojave Desert site in Nevada.

The parabolic trough power plant represents the first commercially operated solar thermal power plant to go into operation in 14 years. When completed, the site will be the third largest solar thermal power plant in the world. SCHOTT will be partnering with Solargenix Energy LLC (Raleigh, NC) for its construction. Nine parabolic trough power plants, for which SCOTT was also a supplier, are already located in the Mojave Desert in California. These plants have produced a total of 354 megawatts of solar electricity since their completion.

Solar thermal power plants use the thermal energy produced by the sun to generate electricity. They consist of three main components: mirrors, receivers and turbine technology. The power plants are highly efficient, producing a large quantity of green electricity with minimal environmental impact. The 19,300 receivers to be produced by SCHOTT will form the heart of the parabolic trough power plant.

Experts agree that the construction of the power plant in Nevada will be an important catalyst in the wide-spread adoption of solar thermal technology. Additional projects are already being planned for both the U.S. and Southern Europe. "The plant in Nevada will open up excellent new opportunities within the solar thermal industry, not just in the U.S, but throughout the world." Steve Russo said. SCHOTT is one of the leading solar industry companies worldwide. The international technology group supplies components for almost all photovoltaic and solar thermal applications. PV solar electricity modules with various performance ratings are used for decentralized power generation. Receivers are the key components in solar thermal parabolic trough power plants, a future technology for centralized power generation along the Earth's sunbelt. Highly efficient evacuated tube collectors provide solar heat for warm water, heating and air conditioning.

SCHOTT is an international technology group that sees its core purpose as the lasting improvement of living and working conditions. For this purpose, special materials, components and systems are developed. The main areas of focus are the household appliances industry, optics and opto-electronics, pharmaceuticals and solar energy. The SCHOTT Group has a presence in proximity to its customers through its production and sales companies in all its major markets. It has approximately 17,000 employees producing worldwide sales of 2 billion euros. The company's technological and economic expertise is closely linked with its social and ecological responsibility.

A 64MW solar thermal power-plant is being constructed in Nevada with key components from SCHOTT Solar. Once finished, the installation will provide the energy needs for approximately 40,000 homes.

For more information, call 914/831-2287.
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