Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project

Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project
Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project
Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project Drone Video
Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project Tonopah Drone
Drescent Dunes Solar Energy Project Nevada

A video drone shoot for the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy power plant project located outside of Tonapah, Nevada. Aerial photography and video by MILLER+MILLER Chicago Drone Videographer & Photographer company who travels to capture building photography Nationwide and around the globe.

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a 110 megawatt solar thermal power project located outside of Tonopah, in the rural deserts of Nevada.  A concentrating solar power (CSP) plant with a central receiver tower and advanced molten salt energy storage technology developed by SolarReserve, Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC. The $1 billion project includes 10,347 heliostats that collect and focus the sun’s thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through an approximately 640-foot tall solar power tower. The molten salt circulates from the tower to a storage tank, where it is then used to produce steam and generate electricity.  Excess thermal energy is stored in the molten salt and can be used to generate power for up to ten hours, including during the evening hours and when direct sunlight is not available. The storage technology also eliminates the need for any backup fossil fuels, such as natural gas. 

Under a power purchase agreement (PPA) between SolarReserve and Nevada Energy, all power generated by the Crescent Dunes project in the next 25 years will be sold to the Nevada Power Company for $0.135 per kilowatt-hour. In late September, 2011, Tonopah Solar Energy received a $737 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  The capital funds included $170,000,000 in EB-5 investment through SolarReserve / ACS Cobra partner CMB Regional Centers.

Construction at the renewable energy generation station began in 2011 and ended in 2013, followed by several months of testing the plant systems. Melting about 70,000,000 pounds of salt takes took two months. Once melted, the salt stays melted for the life of the plant and gets cycled through the receiver for reheating. The SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility project entered commissioning phase in February 2014.  The Super Bright Glow of the solar power tower can sometimes be visible at more than a hundred miles away on highway US 95. The plant’s strategic location is in the desolate, geographical and sun-filled desert of central Nevada.

MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography is available to photograph and shoot video using drones and photography equipment of any structure wether in Chicago or anywhere in the United States and beyond Globally. Our husband+wife operated photo team has photographed infrastructure, government facilities, commercial properties & much more Nationwide for over ten years.


150 North Riverside Chicago

150 North Riverside Chicago

150 North Riverside Chicago

150 North Riverside is one of Chicago’s most impressive new skyscrapers situated alongside the Chicago River.  The highrise skyscraper building is is 53 stories tall with a height of 747 feet to the roof.  This large building only encompasses an impressive twenty-five percent of the lot. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.  The building features a stunningly beautiful LED art display designed by Yuge Zhou, Director and Curator of 150 Media Stream

The large building’s Architect, Chicago based Goettsch Partners, www.gpchicago.com utilized an ingenious cantilever design to maximize the amount of office space above the small two-acre lot along side the high demand west bank Chicago river real estate. At the ENR Midwest 2017 Best Projects Awards ceremony Goettsch Partners’ high rise project was presented with multiple awards including the top honor “Project of the Year award”. The masterpiece was also recognized as Best Project in the Office/Retail/Mixed-Use category.

Chicago, Illinois & Bethesda, Maryland based Clark Construction www.clarkconstruction.com completed work on the superstructure in 2017 and won a “Build America Award” for building this 54-story office tower with 1.2 million square feet of leasable space cantilevering off a concrete core enclosed in a curtainwall façade.

The developer for 150 N Riverside was Chicago, IL based John O’Donnell, Riverside Investment and Development Company.  150 North Riverside boasts 1.2 million square foot ofClass A+ office development located in the dynamic West Loop submarket. Located at the confluence of the three branches of the Chicago River, the Project offers a premiere location, convenient access to all major transportation systems, premium view corridors, large open floor plates and lobbies, and state-of-the-art building technology. Situated in between Randolph and Lake St  this transit oriented site is steps away from commuter and CTA rail lines. On-site amenities include a conference center, board rooms, a luxury restaurant, a 6,000 Square Foot fitness center as well as 100 valet and reserved parking stalls. The Project delivers an unprecedented 1.5 acre landscaped public park at the base of the building as well as 360 feet of Riverwalk frontage. The modern architectural style utilizes a steel structure, concrete core construction, high performance floor to ceiling glass, 9’-6”clear ceiling height, and high end stone elements at the pedestrian level and lobbies. The iconic design has achieved LEED Gold pre-certification and features the most technologically advanced mechanical and building systems in the market.

The structural engineer was Seattle, Washington based Magnusson Klemencic Associates.  Class A office tower on an extremely challenging site adjacent to the Chicago River and active Amtrak rail lines.  In response to the multiple site challenges, the building features an innovative, tapered superstructure design to create a footprint equal to just 25% of the tower’s floor area.  Building accelerations are managed with 12 liquid mass dampers, and the project includes many innovations and engineering “firsts,”  including the development of a thin concrete central building core structural system; use of the largest rolled steel sections in the world; design of a high-capacity primary foundation system using half as many support pilings; and many more.  Awards include: 2016 Jurors’ Favorite/Most Innovative Structure, Excellence in Structural Engineering, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, 2017 Building Team Award, Platinum Award, Building Design + Construction, 2017 New Construction Chicago Over $55 Million Finalist, Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards. MILLER+MILLER specializes in High-rise Skyscraper Buildings Photography and much more.

John ODonnell Chicago Developer

John ODonnell Chicago Developer

Magnusson Klemencic Associates Structural Engineer

Magnusson Klemencic Associates Structural Engineer

Goettsch Partners Chicago Architect

Goettsch Partners Chicago Architect

Clark Construction Company Chicago Builder

Clark Construction Company Chicago Builder


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