Geothermal Economics 101 - Economics of a 35 MW Binary Cycle Geothermal Plant

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Report: Geothermal Economics 101 - Economics of a 35 MW Binary Cycle Geothermal Plant

Abstract

Many excellent papers have been written on the basics of how geothermal energy can be harnessed and the state of the industry (see the Geothermal Energy Association’s “Geothermal 101: Basics of Geothermal Energy Production and Use” and its September 2009 “U.S. Geothermal Power Production and Development Update”). However, little has been written addressing the question that, as financial advisors focused on the geothermal industry, we at Glacier Partners get asked most often: “What are the costs to develop a geothermal power plant and the associated returns on investment?”

While every geothermal project is unique, it is our goal to provide a high level framework to begin to answer this question with our basic financial model for a geothermal power plant and to address some of the fundamentals needed to be understood in order to answer this question with this paper. Additionally, it is our aspiration that our model will help interested parties explore the impact critical financial and operational factors have on the economics of a geothermal power plant.

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Glacier Partners





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Glacier Partners



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Glacier Partners, 2009





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Glacier Partners (Glacier Partners). 2009. Geothermal Economics 101 - Economics of a 35 MW Binary Cycle Geothermal Plant. New York, New York: Glacier Partners.

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