6.8.2006: Meldung: Ormat Technologies, Inc.: Two 20-Year Power Purchase Agreements

Ormat Technologies, Inc. Signs Two 20-Year Power Purchase Agreements With Nevada Power Company for Up to 30 MW Each of Geothermal Power
Thursday August 3, 6:04 pm ET
New Geothermal Plants to Be Constructed by Ormat at Geothermal Sites in Rural Nevada

RENO, Nev., Aug. 3 -- Ormat Technologies, Inc. today announced that two of its subsidiaries have each signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Nevada Power Company, a subsidiary of Sierra Pacific Resources, for the sale of energy to be produced from the Carson Lake (near Fallon) and Buffalo Valley Power Plants, two new geothermal power plants to be built in Lander and Churchill Counties in northern Nevada.

The PPAs are subject to the approvals of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and FERC. The Carson Lake and Buffalo Valley projects are both projected to come on line in late 2009. These new plants are expected to increase the total output supplied from Ormat to Sierra Pacific Resources by between 36 and 60 megawatts (MWs).

These agreements are the eleventh and twelfth PPAs between Ormat and Sierra Pacific Resources, and the fifth and sixth executed since the enactment of Nevada"s aggressive renewable portfolio standard legislation in 2001, which requires up to 20 percent of all electricity generated in Nevada be derived from new renewable energy sources by the end of 2015. The Nevada RPS will be phased in over several years. These two new PPA"s will help Sierra to meet the interim commitment that requires up to 12% of energy from renewable sources by the end of 2009.

Lucien Bronicki, chairman of Ormat said, "These new agreements characterize over two decades of successful collaboration with Sierra Pacific to develop Nevada"s vast geothermal potential, estimated at over 1500 MWs. Today, we are a step closer in helping to make Nevada a leader in geothermal power usage. Sierra Pacific Resources should be commended for entering into agreements to purchase power produced by renewable sources, such as geothermal energy, which lowers CO2 emissions and reduces the dependence of Nevada on energy imports."

The Carson Lake and Buffalo Valley projects will consist of state of the art air-cooled binary or combined steam/binary power plants that re-inject 100 percent of all geothermal fluid produced, while consuming no water or chemicals. Additionally, geothermal power works continuously and thus the new plants will provide base load power 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

About Ormat Technologies

Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a vertically integrated company primarily engaged in the geothermal and recovered energy power business. The Company designs, develops, builds, owns and operates geothermal power plants and also designs, develops and builds and plans to own and operate recovered energy- based power plants. Additionally, the Company designs, manufactures and sells geothermal and recovered energy power units and other power generating equipment and provides related services. Ormat products and systems are covered by more than 70 patents. Ormat currently operates the following geothermal power plants: in the United States -- Brady, Desert Peak, Heber, Mammoth, Ormesa, Puna and Steamboat; in the Philippines -- Leyte; in Guatemala -- Zunil; in Kenya -- Olkaria; and in Nicaragua -- Momotombo.

Ormat Technologies Contact: Investor Relations Contact:
Dita Bronicki Todd Fromer / Marybeth Csaby
CEO and President Media Contact: Lewis Goldberg
+1-775-356-9029 KCSA Worldwide
dbronicki@ormat.com 212-896-1214 (Todd);
212-896-1236 (Marybeth);
212-896-1215 (Lewis)
tfromer@kcsa.com / mcsaby@kcsa.com /

Source: Ormat Technologies, Inc.
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